Mexico’s ‘The Voice’ contestant Alejandro Fuentes fatally shot in Chicago

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CHICAGO — A Chicago singer who appeared on the Mexican version of "The Voice" in 2011 was fatally shot in an ambush shortly after celebrating his birthday with friends.

Friends say 45-year-old Alejandro "Jano" Fuentes was shot three times in the head late Thursday outside his Tras Bambalinas School on Chicago's southwest side.

He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he died Saturday afternoon, WGN reports.

Fuentes was celebrating his birthday there when he got into his car with friends and an armed man suddenly ordered Fuentes out of that vehicle and shot him.

Fuentes' sister flew from Mexico to be at his bedside.

His friends and students say he was a very positive person who touched many lives with his talent, according to WGN.

Police are looking into whether it was an attempted carjacking or robbery.

The attack happened less than a week after the killing of Christina Grimmie, who appeared on the U.S. 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.

The Associated Press and PIX11 digital producer Alyssa Zauderer contributed to this report.