The burnt body of a Mexican soccer star was discovered in the trunk of his vehicle which was engulfed in flames, authorities have revealed.
Firefighters responding to an emergency call found the body of Antonio ‘Hulk’ Salazar, 33, in his Chevrolet Cavalier in Tonalá, Jalisco, on Sunday.
Red Cross paramedics were initially unable to determine the gender of the body because it was burned beyond recognition until Tuesday when official confirmed it was Salazar.
Police said the footballer’s vehicle was never reported stolen, raising suspicion that Salazar was killed and then placed in the trunk before the car was set on fire.
Salazar debuted with top division club Chivas in 2007 and played four seasons at the Mexican club. We deeply regret the emotional loss of Antonio Hulk Salazar, who emerged from our (development system) and debuted with the Herd in 2007, the team said in a statement.
“We send our condolences to his family and friends”.
Salazar was loaned to Jaguares de Chiapas in 2010, but returned to Chivas for the 2011 season. Salazar was loaned again to Jaguares de Chiapas for the 2012 tournament and was loaned to Estudiantes de Altamira in 2013.
He spent parts of the 2013 and 2014 season with Zacatepec and bolted for the Costa Rican league, joining Santos de Guápiles for two seasons. Salazar last played professionally in Mexico with second division club Cimarrones de Sonora.