Re: Ex-Chicago singer slain in Mexico
- From: "tiny dancer" <tinydancer357@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2007 13:17:54 -0500
"Indigo Ace" <indigoace@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
From the Chicago Tribune--
Ex-Chicago singer slain in Mexico
I thought you meant a singer from the group *Chicago*. Glad to hear I was
wrong, but my goodness the violence is escalating in Mexico. Being shot in
By Oscar Avila and Leticia Espinosa, Chicago Tribune Maria Eugenia
Ayala contributed to this report
December 5, 2007
MEXICO CITY - Although the relentless wave of violence in Mexico can
be numbing, the brutal slaying of singer Sergio Gomez unleashed raw
emotion among his fans Tuesday.
Maria de Jesus Torres clutched a newspaper clipping of Gomez, the lead
singer of K-Paz de la Sierra and a former Chicagoan, who was
kidnapped, tortured and strangled this week after a concert in
Michoacan, a state known for drug violence.
Hundreds of fans, many holding handmade signs, filed into a Mexico
City funeral home to await the arrival of his remains.
"This is the last time I'm ever going to see him," said Torres, as the
The gruesome slaying stunned a country painfully accustomed to tabloid
accounts and TV footage of carjackings in Mexico City or drug-related
In Chicago, friends and relatives could hardly believe that the
hometown boy with a seemingly unstoppable career had been struck down.
Gomez, 35, was the latest musician to be killed violently in recent
months. Last week, singer Zayda Pena was shot in the heart in her
hospital bed in Matamoros as she recovered from an assault. Perhaps
the most high-profile slaying occurred last year when Valentin
Elizalde, the so-called Golden Rooster, was gunned down in a likely
Alicia Mendez, a friend who met Gomez through the band's fan club,
said he used to travel with about 10 bodyguards but cut back his
security because he thought it isolated him from the fans.
"He wanted to be like this with the people," said Mendez, putting two
fingers together. "He said being with the people nourished him."
K-Paz de la Sierra was at the forefront of the Duranguense style from
the state of Durango and especially popular in Chicago. The music is
characterized by bass drums and other percussion with the melody
played faster than other genres such as banda.
Groups such as K-Paz honed the sound in Chicago before exporting it
back to Mexico, reversing the current of music.
Gomez's father, Baldomero Gomez, recalled the humble beginnings of his
son who came from Michoacan like so many other immigrants to Chicago.
The two would work together on house-painting projects but Gomez
always had a music career in his sights.
"His doors closed just as they had started to open," his father said
Gomez's remains were expected to be in Chicago on Wednesday. His
family lives in Indiana.
A band spokesman told the Primeros Noticias news program that Gomez
received death threats, warning him not to perform in Michoacan. The
spokesman said the band canceled a 2006 concert there after similar
Law-enforcement officials in Michoacan said they had no working
theories yet about the motive behind Gomez's slaying. Two other
business associates were kidnapped with him, but they were released
Some musicians have found themselves at risk after penning
narcocorridos, brazen songs that sometimes glorify the drug trade. But
K-Paz focused on odes to love.
Still, one associate said he didn't think the slaying was random.
"It appears to be a hit, and because of the way it happened ... quite
personal," said Jair Loredo, promoter for the Brazeros Musical group.
Copyright © 2007, Chicago Tribune
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