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“El Maradona” shot dead by San Pedro church minutes after attending child's first communion

Investigators inspect the crime scene last Saturday.
Investigators inspect the crime scene last Saturday. / Josele-Lanza
  • Sources say that the well-known businessman appeared to be part of a drug-related feud

The peaceful and happy Saturday-morning routine in San Pedro was shattered last week, 12 May, with the brutal assassination of a man while he was just driving off in his car by the Virgen del Rocío parish church.

The 36-year-old, who died of his injuries, was with family members who had just attended the first communion service of his child when a man wearing a motorcycle helmet approached and shot him.

The victim was a well-known businessman nicknamed “El Maradona” and sources said the death appeared to be part of a drug-related feud between rival criminal groups. In the last few months both the gym the man owned as well as a beach bar in Estepona that he part-owned had been subjected to alleged arson attacks.