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Nicaragua says last goodbye

By Gabriel F. Cordero

On Friday afternoon, thousands of Nicaraguans walked and drove in cars on the main streets of the capital, as they carried out the huge show of affection and pain offered to Alexis Arguello as they said their last good byes to this great figure and former triple world champion of boxing.

With the death of three-time world champion featherweight and lightweight great Arguello, Nicaraguans lost the greatest sports idol in Nicaraguan history. From the National Culture Palace to the cemetery gardens, thousands of people accompanied to show their gratitude and affection to their former mayor and ring legend Alexis Arguello.

The vehicles sounded their horns and the fire engines their sirens. During the last three days, Nicaraguans and the world of the boxing expressed their affection and love toward this great sports figure. Arguello passed away at the age of 57. Six months after having been sworn in as the mayor of Managua by the ruling Frente Sandinista de Liberacion Nacional (FSLN) party.

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