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Story of a coach, and a country

Many of you know about the shooting of soccer coach Luis Montoya in Colombia. But check out the details of the shooting as reported by Glenn Davis:

It should have been the greatest of holiday seasons for Luis Montoya, the former coach of one of South America's top teams, Once Caldas. Montoya, 47, led the small Colombian club to the Copa Libertadores title, defeating superpowers such as Santos, Sao Paulo and Boca Juniors.

More remarkably, his starting lineup consisted of purely Colombian players. Once Caldas' success showed to the rest of the provincial clubs on the continent that there is hope.

The victory also provided tremendous pride in the country and led Colombian President Alvaro Uribe to praise the accomplishment as a national morale booster.

After his team lost to Porto on penalty kicks in the Intercontinental Cup on Dec. 12, Montoya retired to spend more time with his wife and son. Eight days ago, Montoya was targeted.

His wife, Adriana Herrera, was followed home after withdrawing money from a cash machine. Montoya came to her aid outside the couple's home when he saw her being robbed.

Montoya was shot twice in the neck and is fighting for his life in the Clinica de las Americas hospital in Medellin.

Reports indicate he will be a quadriplegic and has suffered respiratory problems. Herrera reportedly had withdrawn the money with the intention of buying gifts for underprivileged children.

Two persons have been arrested in the case. One of the detainees, Luz Yepez, 31, is the wife of a policeman.

The wife of a policeman? Everyone knows that the lawless element in Colombia is significant, but if the law itself is made up of bandits, there would seem to be no hope for the place. Coach Herrera's story puts a face on a tragedy of a country.