Officials said Fuentes was in a car in the 4300 block of South Archer Avenue after celebrating his 45th birthday with friends and colleagues when someone walked up to him and asked him to get out. The man reportedly pointed a gun at Fuentes.
When Fuentes refused to come out of the car, the gunman fired multiple shots, hitting him in the head. Fuentes was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition and was pronounced dead there at 2:07 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Fuentes became a known face in Mexico after participating in the Mexican version of "The Voice" in 2011. He opened a performing arts studio in Brighton Park called Tras Bambalinas, Spanish for Backstage, which taught singing, dancing, acting and modeling to young people. He was shot on the same block as the studio.
Fuentes has been a regular at Mexican-American cultural events. "He was a very talented guy - one of a kind," said Miguel Sanchez, who first worked with Fuentes in Mexico.