Gilberto Hernández Bultrón (26 June 1997 – 3 September 2023): A Promising Panamanian Footballer Tragically Lost
Gilberto Hernández Bultrón was a talented Panamanian professional footballer, known for his prowess as a centre-back. He made significant contributions in the Liga Panameña de Fútbol, showcasing his skills while playing for clubs such as Árabe Unido, Herrera F.C., and C.A. Independiente. Additionally, he represented the Panama national team, earning two caps.
Starting his club career with Árabe Unido, Hernández made a memorable debut against San Francisco F.C. at the Estadio Agustín Sánchez. Over the course of his career, he transitioned to other notable clubs, leaving his mark wherever he played. His journey included stints at Herrera F.C. and C.A. Independiente, where he showcased his talent and played a pivotal role in the success of the teams.
In the international arena, Hernández was a vital part of the Panama U-22 team during the 2019 Pan American Games. He later made his debut with the senior national team in a friendly against Guatemala on 12 March 2023.
Tragically, on 3 September 2023, Hernández’s promising career was cut short when he fell victim to a senseless act of violence. He, along with six others, was targeted in a shooting incident on Calle 5, Avenida Herrera, Colón Province. The assailants, arriving in a taxi, opened fire on the street, resulting in his untimely demise. The motive behind the attack is believed to be linked to an ongoing gang rivalry in Colón.
Gilberto Hernández Bultrón’s untimely passing sent shockwaves through the football community in Panama and beyond. He will be remembered for his skills on the field and the potential he held for a promising career in football.