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Former Bolivia player Sergio Jauregui shot dead during friendly game in Mexico

Published at :February 2, 2024 at 4:36 PM
Modified at :February 2, 2024 at 4:36 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla


The incident took place during a friendly game

During a friendly game in Mexico, Sergio Jáuregui, a former football player for Bolivia, was shot dead in cold blood.

During an unofficial game in the Santa Inés neighbourhood of Cuautla, Morelos, on Sunday at around 11 a.m. local time, the 38-year-old former international was shot multiple times by an unidentified attacker.

For a split second during the match, defender Jáuregui is said to have left the pitch to rehydrate on the bench when an assailant approached him and opened fire at his gullible target from close range.

‘We regret the death of our former player and Captain Sergio Jáuregui, who defended the colours of our team in the last Torneo de los Soles. We send our deepest condolences to his family,’ the heartfelt message from former club read. 

‘We appreciate how you defended our badge and left everything on the field match after match. For that reason, we will always carry you in our badge and heart. Thank you very much to the ”Eternal Captain of Cuautla”,’ the message concluded.

The football player was shot and killed, and the shooter is reported to have left the scene on a motorcycle that had been waiting for him at the ground’s entrance.

Sergio Jáuregui passed away almost instantly, even though emergency personnel and ambulances arrived on the site promptly.

Social media posts featured pictures of a forensic investigation team searching the pitch for possible evidence.

The squad Jáuregui played a major part for, Atlético de San Luis Rey, who posted a heartfelt remark on their official Facebook page expressing their sorrow.

Following his retirement from professional football, Jáuregui kept up his positive influence on the game by taking on an additional position as an ambassador and playing for some “semi-professional” teams while committing himself to getting young people involved in football at the community level.

After playing with Club Deportivo Cuautla, popularly known as “Arroceros de Cuautla,” for a few seasons, his name became well-known in the Mexican football scene.

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