Former finalist on Mexico’s ‘The Voice’ dies after after being shot on his birthday

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CHICAGO -- His friends and students were praying for a miracle, but 45-year-old Alejandro "Jano" Fuentes died Saturday afternoon at Mount Sinai hospital in Chicago.

The former finalist on the Mexican version of "The Voice" owned a performing arts studio and school in the Brighton Park neighborhood.

After leaving a celebration of his birthday there Thursday night,  Fuentes was sitting in his red convertible when he was approached by a gunman who ordered him out of the car. He refused, and witnesses say he was shot several times in the head.

The gunman fled the scene in a waiting vehicle. No one is in custody for the shooting, and police are looking into whether it was an attempted carjacking or robbery. Friends believe he may have been targeted.

Fuentes' sister flew in from Mexico to be by his side, and she made the very difficult decision to take him off life support Saturday.

Many of his friends and students were keeping vigil around the clock at the hospital. They say he was a positive person who touched many lives with his talent.

"He taught us how to work hard for what we wanted," said Mithzy Ramirez, one of Fuentes' students. "He was brave. He believed in me and he believed in everyone else."

At the vigil for Fuentes, another student said, "He was not only a role model, but a great person that would always motivate everyone. He was always able to put a smile one everyone's face."