Luis Carlos Galan was a Colombian presidential candidate, assassinated in August 18th, 1989.
He was a big opponent of the drug cartels, and although young, had great promise.
The day of his death I was at an international conference for business college students. We all went into shock, and at that moment the frail scaffolding of our civility started to show its cracks. A few years afterwards I was able to share, albeit briefly, with his political successors – but by then other issues, more urgent, had my complete attention.
More about Galan in the wikipedia.