SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rican boxer Hector "El Flaco" Sanchez was shot multiple times and killed yesterday in San Juan in an incident in which three other men died.
It's the third such massacre so far this year on the Caribbean island.
Sanchez's mother, Carmen Garcia, confirmed her son's death to the daily El Nuevo Dia when she came out of the Centro Medico, the island's main hospital, where the athlete was being treated.
She said that at 11pm local time on Saturday the boxer said he was going to go out for a moment, but about 90 minutes later authorities told her that he had been seriously wounded during a shootout.
The 26-year-old Sanchez died yesterday afternoon after being shot several times in the abdomen and head.
"He was at the wrong place ... My son didn't mess with anyone. He doesn't hurt anyone," Garcia said.
The other men who died were identified by police as Luis Munoz Castro, 42; Bienvenido Rivera Garcia, 43, and Marcos Javier Tanco Rosario, 40.