Edgar Paez, the president of Colombian second division football club Tigres FC, was tragically shot dead after his team’s home defeat on September 23. Paez, aged 63, was driving home with his daughter after the match when two assailants on a motorbike attacked him near the stadium, resulting in his death. His daughter escaped unharmed, and an investigation into the murder is currently underway.
The club and the football community expressed their deep sorrow over the loss, highlighting Paez’s dedication to the team and his significant contributions to the development of the sport in the region. Fernando Jaramillo, President of the Major Division of Colombian Professional Football (DIMAYOR), also mourned Paez’s passing, emphasizing his love for the sport and respectful demeanor.
Football authorities announced a minute of silence in the next two rounds of matches to honor Paez’s memory. This tragic incident reflects the history of violence associated with football in Colombia, reminding of previous instances where individuals lost their lives due to football-related circumstances, including the death of former Colombia defender Andres Escobar in 1994 and Elson Becerra in 2006.