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Villegas’ uncle shot dead in robbery

ASSOCIATED PRESS

BOGOTA, Colombia – The uncle of golfer Camilo Villegas was shot and killed Saturday after thieves tried to rob his business.

Ernesto Villegas Zuluaga, 56, was killed when two armed men entered his coffee trading enterprise demanding money and he jumped on one of them, according to senior Caldas state official Henry Murillo.

Relatives say Camilo Villegas is flying home to Colombia for the burial of his uncle, who was also his godfather.

“I was very saddened to learn of the death of my Uncle Ernesto, but even more saddened to learn of the tragic, and completely senseless, circumstances in which he died,” Villegas said in a statement. “Ernesto was a wonderful man, and I am proud to not only call him my uncle, but also my godfather. I will miss him very much. I truly appreciate all of the kind support I have received already, and thank everyone in advance for respecting my family’s privacy during this difficult time.”

Camilo Villegas became the first Colombian to win a PGA Tour event when he captured the BMW Championship in September.

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