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Surveillance footage from security cameras at the hotel where Cabral was staying shows Jimenez and several of the suspects were there before the attack.

Four of the gunmen were arrested last year in Guatemala, but Jimenez had remained a fugitive.

Cabral rose to fame in the early 1970s as one of a generation of singers who mixed political protest with literary lyrics. He created deep bonds with an audience struggling through an era of revolution and repression across Latin America.

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Associated Press writers Cesar Barroso in San Jose, Costa Rica, and Cesar Garcia in Bogota, Colombia, contributed to this report.