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Rodolfo de Jesús Vargas was 54 years old and had devoted more than two decades of his life to teach and encourage baseball to over 150 boys from the 23 de Enero parish, in Caracas (one of Venezuela’s largest slums).

During the first hours of a Monday, a group of hooded men knocked sharply on the door of their house. After peeking out the window of his room to see what was happening outside, the criminals shot the coach twice without even saying a word. One of the bullets ended in his skull and the other in his stomach, ending his life.

The event left as a result three orphans and a baseball team without their coach, in a country where this sport is almost a religion.

At his funeral, his students made a promise on their teacher’s coffin: that they would be champions and that they would all reach the Major Leagues.