Colombian Soccer Player Murders a Fan for Shouting Insults

Javier Florez, a soccer player for Atletico Junior, killed a fan on Sunday because he was among a group who blamed Florez for losing the title in the Apertura tournament against Once Caldas.

“The young men shouted at him, ‘Weak, weak,’ and he [Florez] turned around, took a gun and shot,” said a witness to the shooting, which took place in Barranquilla.

Atletico Junior played the final match of the Apertura tourney against Once Caldas and lost the away game 2-1, as well as Sunday’s home game 1-3.

Florez fired two shots at electrician Israel Campillo, 27, said authorities.

The player fled the scene on foot as the angry crowd destroyed his car by throwing stones and other objects. Florez later surrendered to authorities.

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