Leidy Asprilla, a 22-year-old footballer who represented Colombia in international youth tournaments, was found dead on the roadside yesterday. Her family reported missing her on Sunday after Asprilla left the house to pick up a teammate for a training session.
The police found Asprilla's body near her motorcycle in a ditch on a road that leads from El Cerrito to Rozo in Valle del Cauca, according to ESPN. When Asprilla was found, she allegedly wore a helmet. The police also found a backpack with their belongings, including a cap of their club team, Orsomarso SC, near the corpse.
About the cause of death and the events is not yet known. When Asprilla's family realized she was missing, she initially assumed she had been abducted. A report in the Colombian newspaper El Espectador states that there is speculation that Asprilla was killed in a hit and run. The search party member who found Asprilla's body reported to another newspaper El Tiempo that he was not so sure that it was a traffic accident.
On the road, he noticed that the motorcycle had no visible signs of an accident. "The truth is," said the man El Tiempo "that the motorcycle as such was in near perfect condition." It had no effect on parts or on the front of the bike. It had the mirrors on.
The same man also said El Tiempo how dangerous the specific area is in which Asprilla's body was found: "I know the road, the road is very dangerous, the people were found dead because of robberies. I was even the victim of a theft, they even gagged me.
The Colombian football league in which Asprilla played made a statement in which they expressed their condolences and said they were "deeply saddened by the death of our player". Catherine Asprilla, A Family Member of the Player told El Espectador that Asprilla had no enemies and said, "A girl with zero problems." Asked how Catherine would remember Asprilla, she said, "As very cheerful person always smiled. Someone friendly, especially easy and helpful for others.
[ESPN| El Espectador | El Tiempo ]