Rugby: former Argentinian international Federico Martin Aramburu shot dead in Paris

Federico Martin Aramburu, ex-Argentine rugby international, was shot dead at the age of 42 in Paris on the night of Friday to Saturday after an altercation in a bar and an investigation for “assassination” was opened. The facts took place around 6 a.m. on boulevard Saint-Germain in the 6th arrondissement, after “a dispute” between two groups of people, explained a police source. The groups were separated by bouncers, she added, but the alleged perpetrators “returned shortly afterwards with a vehicle and fired shots”.

A former Biarritz Olympique player, present on the spot and who wishes to remain anonymous, explained that they were at the Mabillon bar, having a last burger. “There was an altercation as there can be at the end of the evening. It got sorted out but the men came back and targeted Aramburu who took three bullets,” he said.

According to our information, the former rugby player was hit four times, twice in the back, once in the chest and once in the thigh. Despite being taken care of by the emergency services, the athlete died on the spot. The suspects were still wanted late Saturday morning, according to sources close to the case, the attacker having fled after the shots. A flagrance investigation for assassination has been opened and entrusted to the criminal brigade, said the Paris prosecutor’s office.

“Immense sadness”

“We learn of the death of Federico MartĂ­n AramburĂș in tragic circumstances. The entire BOPB sends its deepest condolences to his family, loved ones, and assures them of its full support,” tweeted his former club Biarritz Olympique.

His former club Perpignan also expressed on Twitter his “tremendous sadness” at the announcement of his death “in tragic circumstances” and sent “to his family and loved ones his most sincere condolences”. Federico Martin Aramburu (42), former center or winger for Biarritz (2004-2006), Perpignan (2006-2008) or Dax (2008-2010), had 22 selections with Argentina. He was 42 years old.

He had also been president of the Socios du BO between 2015 and 2018 and had sat as such on the board of directors of the Basque club with which he had twice won the Top 14 (2005, 2006). Aramburu also had two appearances in the 2007 World Cup, which finished third to Pumas.

The former three-quarter had notably started in the small final, won against the Blues (34-17), a meeting during which he had scored a try. Since retiring from sport, he still lived in Biarritz and worked for a tourism company.

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