The Voice singer Alejandro Fuentes shot dead in Chicago

  • AP, Chicago
  • Updated: Jun 20, 2016 12:17 IST
In this March 13, 2016 photo Miguel Angel Sanchez, right, stands with Mexican singer Alejandro "Jano" Fuentes in a restaurant in Chicago. (AP)

A Chicago singer who appeared on the Mexican version of The Voice in 2011 has died after he was shot in an ambush while celebrating his birthday with friends.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed that 45-year-old Alejandro “Jano” Fuentes died on Saturday. He was shot three times in the head late Thursday outside his Tras Bambalinas School on Chicago’s southwest side.

A child posts a photograph of Alejandro "Jano" Fuentes outside Tras Bambalinas music school during a memorial in Chicago. (AP)

The attack happened less than a week after the killing of Christina Grimmie, who appeared on the US version of the show. Authorities say a man shot her while she was signing autographs after a performance in Orlando, Florida. The man then killed himself.

Read: Suspect travelled to Orlando to kill Grimmie

Fuentes got into his car with friends and an armed man suddenly ordered Fuentes out of that vehicle and shot him.

In this Thursday, June 16, 2016 photo, police detectives search for evidence in a car involved in the shooting scene in Chicago. (AP)

Police said they had no suspects in the attack. WGN television said police were investigating whether the shooting was an attempted carjacking or a robbery.

Read: Singer Grimmie’s killer had a ‘history of violence’

Friends of Fuentes in Chicago said they were holding a vigil and memorial for the singer at his studio in Chicago on Saturday evening.

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