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Elson Becerra

Elson Becerra
Personal information
Full nameElson Evelio Becerra Vaca
Date of birthApril 26, 1978
Place of birthCartagena de Indias, Colombia
Date of deathJanuary 8, 2006(age 27)
Place of deathCartagena de Indias, Colombia
Playing positionWinger, deep-lying striker

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Elson Evelio Becerra Vaca (April 26, 1978 - January 8, 2006) was a Colombian footballer.

A national team player, Becerra participated in the 2001 Copa America as well as the 2003 Confederations Cup, where he became noted for trying to save the life of the collapsed Marc-Vivien Foé. He also featured in Colombia's unsuccessful qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

On club level the striker had played for Al Jazira in the United Arab Emirates since 2003. He previously played for Deportes Tolima and Atlético Junior.

Becerra was shot in a night club in his birth town Cartagena together with his friend Alexander Ríos, apparently after they had had a fight with a group of men a couple of days earlier.

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