A Chicago shooting victim has been identified as Alejandro “Jano” Fuentes, a former finalist on Mexico’s version of The Voice, the Associated Press reports.
Fuentes was shot outside Tras Bambalinas School, a performing arts school he owned, as he was celebrating his birthday, according to the AP.
Chicago police tell PEOPLE that a 45-year-old man was shot “numerous” times in a car Thursday night on S. Archer Avenue, after a male suspect approached him on foot.
The suspect ordered the victim out of the car, but the victim resisted, at which point the suspect fired, police say.
The victim died from his injuries on Saturday at Chicago’s Mount Sinai Hospital, police say.
(Chicago police declined to PEOPLE to confirm Fuentes’ identity, citing department policy. PEOPLE was not immediately able to reach the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office for comment.)
A suspect is not in custody in the shooting and detectives are investigating, police say.
“[Fuentes] was a very talented guy – one of a kind,” friend Miguel Sanchez told the Chicago Tribune.
“That’s why it’s terrible for us, because he didn’t have any enemies, he didn’t have a problem with nobody. He was a gentleman,” Sanchez said.
Fuentes moved to Chicago three years ago, after appearing in the top 10 of Mexico’s La Voz in 2011, according to NBC Chicago.
“The world doesn’t know how big of a loss that this is right now,” Victor Gulley, co-founder of A Taste of Theater, which had worked with Fuentes, told theTribune.
“To have someone of his caliber gone – and I have no idea why.”