A man allegedly connected to the shooting deaths of two circus clowns during a performance in Colombia has been arrested, El Tiempo reported Saturday.
Police said Walter Bautista, 21, was being held on charges of murder and the trafficking of arms, though it is not certain whether police consider him the killer.
The two clowns were gunned down during a Tuesday night performance. Police said they are not certain why the performers were killed.© 2007 UPI
Colombian police arrest man in clown deaths
The Associated Press
Friday, February 23, 2007
BOGOTA, Colombia: Police said they arrested a man Friday in connection with the killing of two clowns in front of dozens of children during a performance, in a case that has convulsed even this violence-hardened South American country.
Walter Bautista, 21, who goes by the alias "My Fish," was being held on charges of murder and trafficking in arms, a police statement said.
Clowns Willington Villamizar, 18, known as "Rony," and Nelson Nunez, 24, known as "Andres," were gunned down Tuesday night in the middle of their circus act in the town of Cucuta, about 400 miles (650 kilometers) northeast of Bogota near the border with Venezuela.
Acrobats, harlequins, animal trainers and other circus performers staged protests in different parts of the country following the killings, chanting "Justice for the assassins of laughter."
Other circuses held moments of silence for the dead clowns.
A spokeswoman for the Cucuta police said authorities were investigating the cause of the double slayings, but said they had discounted the reason being the men's jobs.