Popular Mexican Singer Tortured, Killed

K-Paz frontman second slain in wave of border violence

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 4, 2007 11:55 AM CST

(Newser) – Sergio Gomez, lead singer of popular Mexican band K-Paz, was found dead beside a highway yesterday. The killing is the latest in a string of south-of-the-border music slayings, the LA Times reports. Gomez was abducted late Saturday after a concert, and his body appeared to have been tortured. He is the ninth Mexican musician slain in 18 months.

Zayda Pena, a less prominent singer, was shot and killed in a hospital Saturday while recuperating from a gunshot sustained Friday. Some recently slain musicians performed Narcorrido, a musical style known for violent lyrics about drug trafficking. K-Paz, however, ruled the Pasito Duranguense scene, playing sped-up ballads, and Pena produced mostly love songs. Police have no suspects in either slaying.

Sergio Gomez, center, lead singer of the Mexican norteno band K-Paz de la Sierra pauses during a press conference along with fellow band members in Mexico City, Aug. 28, 2007. Authorities have confirmed that Gomez, who was kidnapped last Dec. 1, by armed men after leaving a performance, has been...
Sergio Gomez, center, lead singer of the Mexican norteno band K-Paz de la Sierra pauses during a press conference along with fellow band members in Mexico City, Aug. 28, 2007. Authorities have confirmed...   (Associated Press)
Sergio Gomez, center, leader of the northern Mexican musical group K-Paz de la Sierra speaks during a news conference alongside other members of the band in Mexico City, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007. The group will perform in Mexico City's National Auditorium next Sept. 7-8. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
Sergio Gomez, center, leader of the northern Mexican musical group K-Paz de la Sierra speaks during a news conference alongside other members of the band in Mexico City, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007. The group...   (Associated Press)
K-Paz appears here at the 2005 Billboard Latin Music Awards, where they earned an award for their hit Mas Capaces Que Nunca. (Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
K-Paz appears here at the 2005 Billboard Latin Music Awards, where they earned an award for their hit "Mas Capaces Que Nunca." (Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)   (Getty Images)
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Sergio Gomez and K-Paz perform in this music video.   (chidocom (YouTube))

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