The teenage cousin of Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo was shot dead while allegedly trying to rob an ex-cop at gunpoint.
Geronimo Rojo, 17, died in hospital hours early this morning hours after reportedly trying to hold up the retired police officer with an accomplice who also lost his life.
The accomplice was named as Ivan Rodrigo Barbosa, 26.
The Mirror Online reports how Both men are said to have targeted Raul Anibal Diaz, 50, around 10pm yesterday night from a getaway motorbike outside a bank cash machine in the footballer’s native city of La Plata an hour’s drive south-east of the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires.
Local reports said the retired police officer identified himself before firing off several shots and fatally injuring the two men.
Barbosa died at the scene minutes after being shot. Rojo was rushed to San Martin Hospital with a bullet wound to his shoulder but lost his fight for life some seven hours later.
Respected La Plata newspaper Hoy, which identified the younger victim as Marcos Rojo’s cousin, published distressing pictures of the teenager and the dead man lying on the ground next to their motorbike.
The man thought to be the older of the two was lying face down in a pool of blood.