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Ex-Major League Baseball pitcher Narciso Elvira is shot dead in Mexico alongside his 20-year-old son

Ex-Major League Baseball pitcher Narciso Elvira is shot dead in Mexico alongside his 20-year-old son after weekend of cartel violence which saw 48 murders in one state

  • Elvira, 52, and his son Gustavo, 20, were shot dead by armed men in Medellin 
  • Ministry for Public Security condemned the ‘assassinations’ of the two men 
  • Mexico has been convulsed by gang violence and corruption for several years 

Former Major League baseball pitcher Narciso Elvira and his son were murdered in Mexico on Tuesday.

Elvira, 52, and his son Gustavo, 20, were shot dead by men driving through Medellin de Bravo. 

The Ministry for Public Security condemned the ‘assassination’ of Elvira. Veracruz has been convulsed by gang violence and political corruption scandals for several years. 

Elvira, 52, (pictured playing for Mexico in 1999) and his son Gustavo, 20, were shot dead by men driving through Medellin de Bravo

The Ministry for Public Security condemned the 'assassination' of Elvira (pictured is the crime scene after the attack). Veracruz has been convulsed by gang violence and political corruption scandals for several years

The Ministry for Public Security condemned the ‘assassination’ of Elvira (pictured is the crime scene after the attack). Veracruz has been convulsed by gang violence and political corruption scandals for several years

Mexico suffered its worst year for homicides last year, with a record 34,582 victims, increasing concerns over the security strategy of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who argues it needs more time to become effective. 

And Elvira’s death came the day after an astonishing 48 people were murdered in just one Mexican state as a result of an explosion of cartel violence. 

A six-year-old boy and at least one police officer were among 48 people who were assassinated in a fresh wave of cartel violence in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato over the weekend. 

The child, whose name was not released by authorities, was dining at a sidewalk stand on Saturday night when at least 10 gunmen fired 40 shots, also killing his pregnant mother and father.

Friday, by far, was the state’s deadliest day this year, with 22 reported assassinations.

Among the victims were nine people killed by a group of armed men aboard three vehicles at a highway service stop in city of Villagrán at 9pm. Two of the victims were female employees.   

Elvira's (pictured celebrating his no-hit pitch in Osaka in 2000) death came the day after a whopping 48 people were murdered in just one Mexican state as a result of an explosion of cartel violence

Pictured is Elvira after his retirement in his Osaka uniform

Elvira’s (pictured celebrating his no-hit pitch in Osaka in 2000) death came the day after a whopping 48 people were murdered in just one Mexican state as a result of an explosion of cartel violence

A six-year-old boy and at least one police officer were among 48 people who were assassinated in a fresh wave of cartel violence in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato over the weekend. Pictured is the crime scene after Elvira's murder

A six-year-old boy and at least one police officer were among 48 people who were assassinated in a fresh wave of cartel violence in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato over the weekend. Pictured is the crime scene after Elvira’s murder

Elvira started his career in the Mexican leagues of baseball and pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1990 before moving to play in professional Japanese and South Korean leagues.  

In June 2000 he threw a no-hitter for the Osaka Buffaloes, making him the only Mexican player to have done that in a Japanese league. 

He was nicknamed the ‘Whip from Cocuite’ while on Mexican teams and was one of just two pitchers to throw no-hitters in a single season in 1999.  

When he retired from baseball he moved back to his hometown of Cocuite in Veracruz and started a quiet life of raising cattle and making sugar cane. 

Elvira started his career in the Mexican leagues of baseball and pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1990 before moving to play in professional Japanese and South Korean leagues. Pictured is the crime scene after Elvira's murder

Elvira started his career in the Mexican leagues of baseball and pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1990 before moving to play in professional Japanese and South Korean leagues. Pictured is the crime scene after Elvira’s murder

When he retired from baseball he moved back to his hometown of Cocuite in Veracruz and started a quiet life of raising cattle and making sugar cane

When he retired from baseball he moved back to his hometown of Cocuite in Veracruz and started a quiet life of raising cattle and making sugar cane

In 2015 he was kidnapped and held ransom for two weeks until his captors were paid

In 2015 he was kidnapped and held ransom for two weeks until his captors were paid

In 2015 he was kidnapped and held ransom for two weeks until his captors were paid.  

Local authorities are searching for the attackers, the statement added, in coordination with local and federal law enforcement authorities.

Elvira launched his career in the late 1980s in the Mexican League before moving on to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Texas Rangers. 

Warring cartels have played a role in the 301 murders reported during the first 26 days of 2020.

Government data showed a record 3,540 people were murdered in Guanajuato in 2019, making it the deadliest state in the country.  

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