A former contestant on Mexico's version of The Voice has been killed in Chicago, police have confirmed. Alejandro 'Jano' Fuentes, 45, died on Saturday in hospital after being shot in an ambush on Thursday night. He had been out celebrating his birthday with friends, and was in his car on the street outside Tras Bambalinas, a performing arts school he ran for young people in south-west Chicago, the BBC reports.
The gunman opened fire when Alejandro refused to get out of his vehicle. So far no arrests have been made.
Alejandro 'Jano' Fuentes has been shot and killed in Chicago
His friend Miguel Sanchez told the Chicago Tribune: "(Alejandro) was a very talented guy – one of a kind. That's why it's terrible for us, because he didn't have any enemies, he didn't have a problem with nobody. He was a gentleman."
Alejandro moved to Chicago three years ago after appearing in Mexico's The Voice in 2011.
"The world doesn’t know how big of a loss that this is right now," Victor Gulley, co-founder of A Taste of Theatre, who had worked with the star, told the newspaper. "To have someone of his calibre gone – and I have no idea why."
The singer was out celebrating his birthday with friends when he was killed
The sad news comes just 10 days after Christina Grimmie, who appeared on the US version of The Voice, was shot and killed in Orlando, Florida. The 22-year-old had been signing autographs for fans when a man opened fire on her, and she passed away the following day in a local hospital.
Christina was laid to rest in a private ceremony in her home state of New Jersey on Thursday, and a public memorial service was held the following day.