Tito Torbellino Killed in Mexico; Singer Was 33 Years Old

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Tovar Rascon, a 33-year old “banda” musician, was shot and killed at a restaurant in Mexico City last night.

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The Phoenix native was dining inside Ciudad Obregon, according to The Associated Press, when two gunmen entered and show him at close range.

He died on the way to the hospital.

It’s tragically not unusual for singers in Mexico to be murdered, but these victims typically perform “narcocorridos" that celebrate the exploits of drug traffickers; or have ties to local gangs.

In 2013, for example, South Texas crooner Jesus "Chuy" Quintanilla shot in the head near Mission, Texas. His ballads often referenced the Mexican drug cartel.

Torbellino, however, was best known for love songs.

He had been scheduled to perform tonight at the Obregon Expo.

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