Carrillo had Gaviria's death reported as a shootout with police to avoid being arrested for an extrajudicial killing. His body was dumped in the Sabaneta neighborhood, and the police claimed that he had fired first before he was "gunned down". Gaviria was buried in the hills of Medellin, where he had played with Escobar when they were ten years old.
He and Escobar had collaborated in their criminal careers since the early s. Though he was the owner of a fortune comparable to Escobar's and even had a military apparatus to his service, Gaviria was not as well known, as he kept a low profile. The events leading to his death are unclear. It is speculated he was killed by Search Bloc and the incident was covered up to prevent retaliation. After Gaviria's death, Escobar decided to turn himself in at La Catedral , a jail of his own making, guarded by his own guards. Gaviria's death triggered a counter-offensive by Escobar that initially destabilized the new president's administration. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Wikimedia Commons Gustavo Gaviria. From to , the Medellin Cartel ruled the cocaine business. At the time, no criminal organization in the world was as highly organized and far-reaching in the distribution of the narcotic. Pena and Murphy would know. They both investigated and tracked the Medellin cartel in its final years. Though the television show does take liberties with certain facts, it does get the relationship between Gaviria and Escobar right. Gustavo Gaviria and Pablo Escobar were described as closer than brothers.
A local hospital did not identify his body until four hours later. Gaviria, who authorities said was the third most important member of the drug cartel, exchanged gunfire with police before being killed, according to a police statement. The statement gave no details about how police located Gaviria in the luxury apartment, which was equipped with bullet-resistant windows. Gaviria is the third cartel leader killed in gunbattles with police during the past eight months. He is the main partner of Escobar, the Medellin cartel leader blamed for a terrorist campaign of bombs and other attacks that have killed hundreds of people over the past year. Gaviria was wanted for extradition to the United States on drug trafficking charges.