Former Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena killed in a vehicle accident in Venezuela

Former MLB players Luis Valbuena left and Jose Castillo were killed in a car accident Thursday

Valbuena and Castillo were killed on Thursday in a auto crash in Venezuela when the players' vehicle veered off a road.

At some point after the game, they were both passengers in a auto driven by teammate Carlos Rivero when the vehicle hit a rock and veered off the road. "Four suspects found with Valbuena's and Castillo's personal belongings were arrested by police, state governor Julio León Heredia wrote on Twitter".

Castillo played five years in the majors, for the Pittsburgh Pirates (2004-07), the San Francisco Giants (2008) and the Houston Astros (2008). The vehicle's driver lost control, and the auto hit a rock, causing it to overturn, the report says. Major League Baseball also confirmed the news in a statement on social media.

'We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Angel Luis Valbuena and former Major League Baseball infielder José Castillo, ' the Angels wrote in a tweet after the news broke.

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Castillo, 37, last appeared in the majors for the Astros in 2008. He batted.256/.297/.380 with 33 home runs in 465 games during his four seasons in Pittsburgh, playing 388 games at second base, 41 at third base, 10 at shortstop and one in right field. "During his two seasons in Houston, Luis was an extremely popular player with his teammates and the Astros staff". Jose's time with the Astros was brief, but he also had a positive impact on those around him.

The Venezuelan professional baseball league announced all three scheduled games Friday were cancelled and it said flags will fly at half-staff in all stadiums for three days.

Our thoughts are with the families of both Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo.

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