Andres Escobar Murdered After 1994 World Cup

Andres Escobar was a Colombian football star who was murdered July 2, 1994 in Medellin. It is said he was killed because of his accidental goal in his own net in the 1994 World Cup that caused gambling losses for many Colombian drug lords. The goal caused a huge upset and sent the Colombian team home, and Escobar was shot dead 2 weeks later.

Andres Escobar (NYDailynews.com)
His death remains one of the most awful in sports history, and many Colombian fans still hold him in high regard. Over 120,000 people and a statue was built in his honor, and fans still bring photos of him to football games.

Escobar was killed outside the "El Indio" bar and it has been said his murdered shouted "GO!" (Spanish for "goal") each of the 12 times he shot the soccer star. Humberto Castro Muñoz was found guilty of Escobar's murder in June 1995 and sentenced to 43 years in prison, though his sentance was later reduced to 26 years. He got out of jail in 2005, after serving 11.

A documentary called The Two Escobars, about Andres and the connections between him and the death of famed drug lord Pablo Escobar, will be shown tomorrow night on ESPN Deportes and on ESPN Tuesday night.


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