Thomas Rascon Eduardo Tovar, who is known as Tito Torbellino, has died after getting shot by several gunman.
Torbellino was having lunch with two other people at a Chinese restaurant in Obregon, a city in the Mexican state of Sonora, when the gunmen stormed in, locked the doors, and shot the singer.
Torbellino, 31, was shot in the head and chest, reported ABC.es was rushed to a local hospital, where he was declared dead.
Some media outlets, such as TVNotas, said that it was a Japanese restaurant that Torbellino was killed in. Other injuries haven’t been declared as of yet.
Torbellino was born in Phoenix, Arizona to Mexican parents. He founded a band, Tito y su Torbellino, in 2002, and published more than a dozen albums.
He was working on his first film as a producer called “The Filly”, about a boy who immigrates to the United States illegally.
Torbellino was slated to perform at the Expo Obregon before he died.
Mario Quintero, leader of Los Tucanes de Tijuana, described the news as “a bucket of cold water that leaves us very sad.”
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Sonora state police say Tomas Tovar Rascon was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and died after being shot in a restaurant in Ciudad Obregon.
Tovar Rascon was known by his stage name, “Tito Torbellino.”
His Facebook page says he was to perform at a concert in Ciudad Obregon on Friday. A U.S. booking agent listed for Torbellino confirms his death.
Police say two gunmen entered the restaurant and shot Tovar Rascon at close range on Thursday.
Members of other musical groups have been murdered in Mexico in recent years, usually groups that perform “narcocorridos” that celebrate the exploits of drug traffickers.
But Torbellino’s songs focused on unrequited love, not drug gangs.