Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Stolen bust of Hector Lavoe in El Callao, Peru

Lima, May 23 (dpa) - A bust erected in honor of the legendary Puerto Rican singer Hector Lavoe in the Peruvian city of Callao was stolen by unknown, reported the American television channel. This event caused outrage in Callao, a city adjacent to Lima, where Lavoe, who died in 1993 at age 46 of AIDS victim, is an idol with amazing levels of popularity.

There is strong evidence, according to police sources, the thieves are common criminals seeking to market the material. A week before had also stolen a bust in honor of the Peruvian singer of boleros Lucho Barrios. Lavoe, idol in Colombia, Peru, Venezuela and the Caribbean, is a figure of salsa music whose popularity transcended it to become an urban cultural phenomenon.

The bust the "Singer of the Singers" was in a plaza in El Callao, a city which is also common to see the Puerto Rican drawn on the walls.

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