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Rolling Stones Hire 24-Hour Armed Security After Worker Is Killed

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Following their concert at the Estadio Unico in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Thursday (Feb. 12), a member of the Rolling Stones‘ crew was killed. The murder has caused the band to hire armed guards to be with them around the clock.

The Evening Standard is reporting that the truck carrying the money earned from the concert’s drink sales was targeted by robbers, who proceeded to open fire. Pedro Luis Tabares, a 55-year-old contractor who was a passenger in the vehicle, was struck by a bullet when he tried to escape. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. The driver, Marcelo Rivera, who was Tabares’ boss, was unharmed.

The thieves reportedly coordinated the attack when they were tipped off about how much money was in the truck and where they were going. Several cars followed Rivera and Tabares and ambushed them. Police have arrested Jhon Alexander Bobadilla Vega, a 31-year-old Colombian, in connection with the attack.

“Of course these things are all considered well in advance of a tour,” a source told The Mirror (via the Daily Mail), “and massive bands like the Rolling Stones are well aware of the risks posed by these places, so they take no chances. Wealthy personalities are always potential targets, but the band are kept safe and secure at all times by the best security personnel on the planet.’

Yesterday was the last of the three concerts for the Stones at the Estadio Unico. Their next stop on their America Latina Ole tour, which began Feb. 3 in Santiago, Chile, is Montevideo, Uruguay. They will also make stops in Brazil, Peru, Colombia before winding down on March 17 in Mexico City, Mexico.

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