Mexican singer Sergio Vega "El Shaka" killed
Famed Mexican singer Sergio Vega was killed on Saturday June 26 at night in a hail of gunfire from unknown perpetrators near the city of Los Mochis, in the northern Mexican state of Sinaloa. At the time of the shooting, the singer was on his way to perform at a local festival when a truck began to follow his red Cadillac. Gunshots, presumed to be from the truck, injured the singer and led to his loss of control of the vehicle, eventually crashing and killing him.
Curiously, only hours before, the singer also known as "El Shaka" had dismissed rumors that he had been assassinated. The grupero singer had told an entertainment website that "It's happened to me for years now -- someone tells a radio station or a newspaper I've been killed or suffered an accident. And then I have to call my dear mom, who has heart trouble, to reassure her."
Vega's death adds to the string of grupero musicians - including Valentín Elizalde and Sergio Gómez - who have allegedly been caught up in the violence among drug trafficking empires which are at war with the federal government and each other.
"El Shaka" was known for performing a unique subculture of grupero music called narcocorridos, which are dramatic ballads commissioned by drug cartels to heroically recount the criminal activities, risk taking and violent battles of drug-traffickers. However, musicians who become associated with one narco group by writing narcocorridos for them, can also become targets of rival narco groups.
A singer who often won awards voted on by the public, his fans are joined in their mourning by some of Latin music's top stars - including Jenni Rivera and Diana Reyes - who've publicly expressed their outrage and sadness with this tragedy.
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