Former El Salvador defender Alfredo Pacheco has been shot dead during an incident at a petrol station in San Salvador in the early hours of Monday morning.
According to reports by the BBC, officials have stated that a man approached the 33-year-old ex-footballer and opened fire on him close to the capital of El Salvador.
“The attorney general's office in Santa Ana processed the crime scene of the murder of Alfredo Pacheco at 3.30am in a petrol station", an official said.
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Other reports have said that the player, who is the most-capped player to appear for his national side, was talking to a group of friends when the shooting started by a gunman.
Police have also confirmed that two other people were injured in the attack and are still investigating the motive behind the incident.
The defender was banned from football for life in 2013 when he was found guilty of match-fixing, which also included 13 other members of the national side. The match-fixing charges related to national team members taking bribes to throw several games between a three-year period, 2010-13.
As well as being the most-capped player for El Salvador, appearing 86 times, the defender also played for Club Deportivo FAS and Asociacion Deportiva Isidro Metapan domestically before heading to America to play for MLS franchise New York Red Bulls.
According to official statistics, the Latin American country has seen its murder rates rocket this year. Compared to the previous years data, the rate of homicide has increased by 55%, with 6,068 murders being committed in 2015 alone.
He isn't the first footballer from a Central American country to be murdered recently, with Honduran Arnold Peralta being murdered in a drive-by shooting in his hometown of La Ceiba - the motive is still unclear in this case to.
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