On June 26, 1997, a promising football talent named Gilberto Hernández Bultrón was born in Panama. Tragically, on September 3, 2023, his life was cut short in a shocking incident that shook the nation. Let’s take a moment to remember the career and legacy of this talented young Panamanian.
A Rising Star on the Pitch
Gilberto Hernández Bultrón, known for his skills as a centre-back, left a mark in the world of football. He graced the field in the Liga Panameña de Fútbol, making a total of 105 appearances in the league. During his career, he played for several notable teams, including Árabe Unido, Herrera F.C., and C.A. Independiente.
Hernández not only excelled at the club level but also had the privilege of representing his nation, earning two caps for the Panama national team. His journey began with Árabe Unido, where he made his debut against San Francisco F.C. at the Estadio Agustín Sánchez.
Transitions and Triumphs
In January 2022, Gilberto Hernández Bultrón embarked on a new chapter in his career by signing with Herrera F.C. His debut for the club took place on March 27, facing Plaza Amador.
A few months later, in June 2022, he joined forces with C.A. Independiente. His debut for this club occurred on June 27, where they faced Veraguas United FC at the Estadio Agustín Muquita Sánchez. It was a decision that would ultimately lead to success, as he celebrated victory with the club in both the 2022 Clausura and 2023 Apertura seasons.
A Tragic End
Gilberto Hernández Bultrón’s career and life came to a tragic end on September 3, 2023. He was a victim of a senseless act of violence on Calle 5, Avenida Herrera, Colón Province. Two individuals arrived in a taxi and opened fire on the street, taking Hernández’s life and injuring six others. This incident is believed to be related to the gang rivalry in Colón.
A Legacy Remembered
As Panama mourns the loss of one of its football talents, Gilberto Hernández Bultrón’s legacy lives on in the hearts of those who admired his skills and dedication. His contributions to the sport and his country will not be forgotten, and his memory will continue to inspire future generations of football enthusiasts in Panama and beyond.