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Sergio Jáuregui: Defender, 38, shot dead during match in Mexico

Sergio Jauregui

A former Bolivian international, Sergio Jáuregui, was shot dead in cold blood while playing in a friendly match in Mexico.

The defender, 38, was reportedly shot six times by an unknown assailant at 11am local time, during a friendly soccer match played in the Santa Inés neighbourhood of Cuautla, Morelos in Mexico, per Mail Sport.

How was Sergio Jáuregui shot?

Jáuregui had stepped off the field to rehydrate at the bench for a brief moment during the game, when a gunman went up to him and fired 6 shots at close range.

The unidentified shooter is reported to have fled the scene on a motorbike that was waiting for him at the entrance to the ground.

Emergency services and ambulances quickly arrived on scene but were unable to save the 38-year-old defender who died almost immediately.

Reactions to the fatal shooting of Jáuregui

Several pictures shared on social media showed a Mexican police forensics unit taking to the pitch and searching the murder scene for potential evidence on the assailant.

Mexican Police forensic unit on scene of the fatal shooting

Meanwhile, Atletico de San Luis Rey, a Bolivian soccer club who Jáuregui played for and captained, has paid him a touching tribute on their Facebook page which reads:

“We regret the death of our former player and Captain Sergio Jáuregui, who defended the colors of our team in the last Torneo de los Soles. We send our deepest condolences to his family,’ the heartfelt message 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 defender played most of his professional career in Bolivia and earned 13 caps for the national team.

Peter Okereke

Peter Okereke is a hardcore soccer fan and grew his passion for the beautiful game since watching Didier Drogba score the winning goal at Wembley in the 2007 FA Cup final for Chelsea against Manchester United.
He is the founder of The Soccer Report and has 4+ years of industry experience, having been writing about football since August 2019.

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