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Former Racer Murdered in Colombia

BOGOTA – Former race car driver Ricardo “Cuchilla” Londoņo, the first Colombian to have a real shot at making it onto the Formula 1 circuit, was murdered along with two companions in a Caribbean resort, police said Sunday.

Two other men were wounded in the shooting, which was carried out by at least six unidentified individuals on Saturday night, a National Police spokesman told reporters in Monteria, the capital of Cordoba province, where the killings occurred.

The former racer and his companions were attacked with rifles and pistols while talking at a bar in Boca de Tinajones, near Cispata Bay.

The 60-year-old Londoņo owned a hotel in Cispata, one of the few properties he was able to keep after the Attorney General’s Office seized $9.96 million in assets from him in 2000.

The assets were seized under a court order issued in a drug case.

Londoņo, who was born in the northwestern city of Medellin, was a successful auto and motorcycle racer in Colombia, where he won many championships.

In 1980, Londoņo began competing on the international auto racing circuit, participating in events in the United States and Europe.

A year later, he tried to get into Formula 1, but he did not get the license needed to compete in the category.
 

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