Teammates of Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo Carried Their Caskets Through Team’s Stadium (VIDEO)
Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash that turned out to not be an accident, but done by the hands of highway bandits that then robbed them. The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo tragically lost their lives when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an object on the road that was purposely put there by thieves to force occupants in a vehicle to have to stop or swerve to wreck so they can rob the victims inside.
Yaracuy state governor Julio Leon Heredia said four people have been detained after being found with property of the athletes. Valbuena and Castillo were teammates on the Cardenales de Lara team in the Venezuelan winter league and were returning from a game when the crash occurred.
On Friday, Cardenales de Lara players carried the caskets of teammates of Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo at the team’s stadium in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.
Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo carried off the field by their teammates. This is absolutely heartbreaking 😢 pic.twitter.com/Hx1lvAfgoK
— Kent (@RealKentMurphy) December 8, 2018
Valbuena hit .226 with 114 home runs over 11 big league seasons with the Angels, Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and Astros.
Castillo played five seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants and Astros. He had a .254 average with 39 home runs.