MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Leaders of clowns gathered for a convention in Mexico City say they are saddened by the fact that a killer disguised himself as a clown to kill a drug lord last week.
But they deny that the killer was a real clown, saying they know their colleagues wouldn't do it.
Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix was shot to death in the Baja beach resort of Los Cabos by a gunman wearing a clown costume on Friday. He was the eldest brother of Mexico's once-feared Arellano Felix drug clan.
However, clown convention organizer Tomas Morales said clowns have suffered the theft of their vehicles, makeup and costumes, which thieves then sometimes use to commit robberies.
The clowns gathered Wednesday to hold a 15-minute laugh-a-thon against violence in Mexico.