Jhon Jairo Velásquez Death – Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez popularly known as Popeye was born on April 15, 1962 and he died on February 6, 2020.
Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, also known by the alias “Popeye”, was a hitman who was part of the criminal structure of the Medellín Cartel until his surrender to the Colombian justice system in 1992. Within this structure he claimed to be a lieutenant commanding half of the sicarios. Wikipedia
Jhon Jairo Velásquez Cause of Death is stomach cancer. He killed 300+ and takes untold crimes to his grave.
Pablo Escobar’s top assassin, Jhon Jairo “Popeye” Velazquez, has died of stomach cancer. He killed 300+ and takes untold crimes to his grave. Here’s an interview we did with him (and families of his victims) in 2016. https://t.co/PAKSeSDuCD
— Jim Wyss (@jimwyss) February 6, 2020
The heartless assassin – who once described killing as ‘like a day at the office’ was jailed in 1993 the year Escobar was gunned down by police in his home town of Medellin but was released in 2014.
Velasquez then went into hiding for several years fearing reprisals from his victim’s families and members of the Medellin Cartel he helped to convict in return for a lighter sentence.
He was arrested again in May 2018 on suspicion of extortion and conspiracy and had been back behind bars since then.
Heartless: Escobar’s right-hand man, Vasquez (as a young man) says he feels no guilt for the hundreds he murdered because they were all casualties of ‘the war’
He said: ‘I’m also a victim of Don Pablo. I was not responsible for the assassinations.
I was a professional killer and nowadays I have reconsidered it. I am a repented and reformed man.’
As Escobar’s head hitman, ‘Popeye’ executed either personally or on his orders thousands of people deemed to be a threat to his cocaine trafficking empire, including policemen, journalists, politicians and judges, while innocent civilians were also inevitably caught up in the carnage.
Velasquez, aka ‘Popeye’, visits the tomb of his former boss Pablo Escobar at the Montesacro Cemetery in Medellin in 2015.
Escobar was shot dead by police in Medellin in 1993.
He kidnapped and tortured a future Colombian president and vice-presidents, he killed an Attorney General, and helped plot the murder of Colombian presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan, the only murder out of thousands for which he was actually convicted.
By the time he was arrested in 1992, he had killed over 250 people with his own hands including his own girlfriend detonated over 250 car bombs.
He was linked to the 1989 bombing of an Avianca jet, which killed 107 people, just to assassinate one traveller, another presidential candidate.
Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez was born in the municipality of Yarumal, Antioquia, Colombia. He was admitted to the Colombian National Army; later he joined the cadet school of the national police, only to leave days later, having not found any satisfaction in his profession. Later, he entered the school of apprentices of the Colombian Navy where he earned his distinctive nickname “Popeye” because of his physical resemblance to the character, which would later be removed by plastic surgery. Velásquez escaped from prison once and was later caught and served the time.
After having been admitted to hospital for a month, on December 23, 2019, Velásquez was transferred for health reasons from the maximum-security prison of Valledupar to La Picota prison in Bogotá. On January 8, 2020, it was announced that Velásquez had terminal esophageal cancer and that he had at most a few months left to live. He died on February 6, 2020 in Bogotá, aged 57.