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Venezuelan Baseball Fans Mourn Death Of Ex-Major Leaguers

December 08, 2018 - 2:03 pm

BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (AP) — Dozens of Venezuelans have been waiting in lines outside a chapel in the state of Lara to bid farewell to former major league baseball player Luis Valbuena, who was killed in a car accident along with teammate Jose Castillo.

The corpse of Castillo was moved earlier Saturday to a different central-west state.

The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo were both former players for the Houston Astros.

They died late Thursday when their SUV crashed as it tried to avoid an object put on the road. Officials said some bandits place or throw objects on highways to force vehicles to stop so they can rob the occupants.

Carlos Rivero, a third baseball player who survived the crash, visited the chapel wearing dark sunglasses and bore a small bruise on his forehead.