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Venezuelans refuse Luis Valbuen and José Castillo



BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela – Dozens of Venezuelan soldiers drove long queues Saturday outside a chapel in the State of Lara to say goodbye to Luis Valbuen, the Major League player who died while crossing the highway along with José Castillo,

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Castillo's body was transferred in the morning to another state in the central area of ​​the country.

Valbuen, 33, and 37-year-old Castillo, were partners of Cardinal Lara in Venezuela's winter league.

AP Photo / Nestor Vivas

Two of them died on Thursday evening when their lorry was overturned and tried to avoid an object on the road. Authorities explained that criminals should place or throw objects on the track to cause the vehicle to brakes to rob the inhabitants.

Yaracuy central governor Julio León Heredia said four people were arrested after having seized Valbuena y Castillo.

Valbuena and Castillo returned from playing in the capital when the truck rolled over to the city of Barquisimeto in Lara.

No details were about what happened.

On Saturday, their deaths caused numerous signs of horror. Fellows, family and fans, wearing the colors of the winter tournament teams, have come up with the last goodbye.

Asdrubal Cabrera, shortstop Phillies of Philadelphia and Robert Perez, a former cardinal, were among the attendees.

The Venezuelan Professional Baseball League has declared three days in a league and announced that for the remainder of the championship, the national flag in all the stadiums will remain in the middle of the mast, and players in eight teams will wear sad marks on their uniforms.

Valbuena reached an average of .226 with 114 homers in a total of 11 major Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros.

Castillo played five seasons with Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants and Houston. On average, he recorded an average of .254 with 39 homem.


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