El Chapo Guzman’s son’s bodyguard died in a shootout with the Mexican army and got a special funeral full of singing, dancing horses - and even a gun salute.


Francisco Javier Zazueta Rosales, alias Pancho Chimal, died a few days ago in a gunfight with the army in the community of San Cayetano, in the town of Tepuche, in the western Mexican state of Sinaloa, after escaping from prison last month.


Pancho Chimal, who was drug lord Chapo Guzman’s son Ivan Archivaldo’s top bodyguard, was accompanied by friends and relatives in the funeral procession.


Archivaldo, nicknamed El Chapito, was cleared of money laundering charges in 2008 by a judge who was later suspended though he is strongly suspected to be a lynchpin of his father’s drug gang.


Dancing horses were reported at the lavish funeral, as well as a band, dancing, flowers and volleys of bullets fired into the air.


The spectacular funeral procession took place in the community of El Diez, in the city of Culiacan, in the western Mexican state of Sinaloa. Hundreds of people accompanied Pancho Chimal to the cemetery.


Bands sang several "corridos" songs, which are associated with drug trafficking.


Pancho Chimal escaped from prison on 16th March with other four inmates. After their jailbreak it was discovered that they had been living in luxury cells, with TVs, phones and drugs on hand.


He is believed to have killed five police during an attack in September 2016.


After the images of the funeral were posted online, Mexican authorities have decided to open an investigation into the use of weapons during the funeral procession, said Sinaloa vice prosecutor Martin Robles Armenta.

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