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Niece of Angel Maria Villar, President of Spanish Soccer Federation murdered in Mexico

September 21, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Niece of Angel Maria Villar, President of Spanish Soccer Federation murdered in Mexico

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The niece of Angel Maria Villar, the President of the Spanish Football Federation, soccer’s governing body in Spain, was found murdered after being kidnapped in Mexico.

The Foreign Minister of Spain, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, confirmed on Tuesday the kidnapping and subsequent murder of Maria Villar-Galaz, who is the niece of Angel Maria Villar.

According to El Mundo, the body of the 36-year-old Spanish national was discovered last Thursday, in the city of Toluca, the capital of the State of Mexico, 40 miles southwest of Mexico City, after being taken captive on Sept. 13th.

Law enforcement officials said police found the woman’s body in a creek, with a bag over her head and both her hands and feet bound. Autopsy results determined asphyxiation as the cause of death.

Spanish Football Federation President Angel Maria Villar pictured with Barcelona star Lionel Messi

Spanish Football Federation President Angel Maria Villar (left)  pictured with Barcelona star Lionel Messi

Officials said Villar Galaz, who worked in Mexico City for three years, was kidnapped after a cab she traveled in was hijacked by gunmen, who forced her to withdraw money from bank machines. The kidnappers proceeded to demand a ransom from her family in exchange for her safe release.

The foreign minister said Villar-Galaz’s husband and a cousin traveled to Mexico with two Spanish police officers to Mexico to pay the ransom demanded.

“An amount was paid, although much lower than what they had asked,” Garcia-Margallo said in an interview with a Spanish radio station. “We thought she would be released unharmed. Regrettably, but that’s not what happened. It’s very sad news and completely unexpected.”

“I tried calling Angel Maria Villar, I believe he is aware what has happened, although I have not spoken with him,” he added.

Mexican authorities say they are actively searching for those responsible for Villar-Galaz murder.

Angel Maria Villar has served as president of the Spanish Federation since 1988 and until recently was acting president of UEFA, which is the governing body of European soccer.

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