Artists Urge Guatemala Security After Singer Dies

Musicians and artists are canceling performances and demanding increased security in Guatemala after a visiting Argentine folk singer was shot to death.

The director of an upcoming telethon in Guatemala says several artists on the Sony label have canceled their spots in the event citing security concerns.

Juan Carlos Eggenberger says none of the musicians specifically cited the slaying of Facundo Cabral, but says there has been a “general anxiety” among artists since the killing.

Insecurity has been on the rise in Guatemala as Mexican drug cartels compete for turf and challenge authorities.

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Crime scene where Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral was shot to death by unknown gunmen in Guatemala City,

Guatemalan officials believe the intended target of the attack that killed Cabral was a Nicaraguan businessmen in the same car.