Valley Latin community mourning death of Spanish singer Tito Torbellino

PHOENIX - The local Latin community is still mourning the loss of Phoenix-born singer Tomas Tovar Rascon.

Tovar Rascon was gunned down Thursday in the northern Mexico state of Sonora. According to Sonoran police officials, he was shot at close range and died on the way to the hospital.

He was set to give a concert in the state on Friday.

Tovar Rascon, better known by his stage name, Tito Torbellino, performed a concert in Scottsdale on May 23.

A memorial has been set up in front of his mother’s home near 13th Street and Roosevelt.

"He loved his fans. So for us to be here is like giving him back what he gave to us," said Cynthia Renteria.

Torbellino’s music sometimes referenced the Mexican drug cartels and traffickers. Capos have been known to order some musicians killed for various reasons, including ties to rival gangs. However, authorities have not released a motive in the death of Rascon.

A viewing is planned for Thursday at noon at the Celebrity Theater. It will be open to the public.

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