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Former Big Leaguer Williams Perez Reportedly Involved In Death Of Coach

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Williams Perez, a minor league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, was involved in the death of a Venezuelan baseball coach on Friday.

According to multiple reports, a 26-year-old pitcher in the Chicago Cubs organization named Williams Perez was involved in the death of a baseball coach named Cesar Quintero on Friday. Perez is alleged to have accidentally shot Quintero, 52, during a batting practice session in Venezuela.

Details are scarce for the incident, which is alleged to have taken place in Portuguesa, Venezuela. A few reporters on-scene contend that it's believed Perez attempted to hand his gun to Quintero so he could take batting practice, but it accidentally went off. There's no word on legal ramifications for Perez regarding the incident.

Perez reportedly issued a statement on the matter via SWP. Here's a rough translation, via actualidadvenezuela.org:

"Our SWP talent, the Venezuelan pitcher Williams Pérez, deeply regrets the totally accidental situation in which he was involved (...) and that resulted in the death of his great friend César Quintero," says a brief note, without offering further details.

"Pérez is in contact with the family of Quintero and the authorities and will collaborate in everything that is within their reach," he added.

Quintero had reportedly coached Perez in the past.

Perez, 26, pitched for the Atlanta Braves for two years, posting a 9-9 record with a 5.18 ERA and 100 strikeouts. He resigned a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs this past January. Our thoughts are with Quintero's family and friends.