Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo's deaths may have been criminal act, reports say

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Former Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena and former major leaguer Jose Castillo were killed in a auto accident Friday morning in Venezuela.

Venezuelan police said the players' vehicle overturned after hitting a rock while they were traveling to Barquisimeto following a game in Caracas.

All three men were playing for the Venezuela Winter League club Cardenales de Lara.

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"We are living through a awful tragedy", the Cardenales said on Twitter.

According to the Register, Valbuena spent 11 years in the majors, most recently with the Los Angeles Angels, who released him in August. "During his two seasons in Houston, Luis was an extremely popular player with his teammates and the Astros staff".

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Valbuena and Castillo's deaths drew reactions from people that knew them best - fellow Major League Baseball players and the people who covered them. "He provided joy to his teammates and our fans".

Castillo, 37, hasn't appeared in the Major Leagues since 2008. He had a.254 average with 39 home runs.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said in a tweet that "I join in the mourning that has overwhelmed the Venezuelan baseball family and all of its fans".

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Former infielders killed in crash while leaving game in Venezuela. "The #Cubs organization sends its condolences to his family and friends".

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