At the time [August 2007], Mr. Chivalan's death was a front-page story in Guatemalan tabloids...Since then, the killing of bus drivers has become a footnote in this country's violent downward spiral, in which Escobar has seen neighbors become widows.I was last in Guatemala in June 2007. I remember hitting the ground because gunshots had rung out somewhere nearby. It turned out that there had been an exchange of gunfire about one-half block away following a traffic altercation (someone on a motorcycle had cut someone else off). One guy that I saw had been shot and killed while another had been shot, but was still breathing. I don't know what happened to him in the end.
I never had any problems on the buses in Guatemala, either in the capital or between departments. However, I'll probably spend more time traveling by cab when I go to Guatemala City this July to carry out some research. Let's hope that this trip is uneventful.