This is awful.
Alfredo Pacheco, one of the most famous soccer players in El Salvador’s history, was murdered in his hometown of Santa Ana on Sunday morning.
The 33-year-old professional soccer star was reportedly gunned down at a gas station.
Two other people, with whom Pacheco was talking, were wounded but survived. Police are sketchy on suspects or a motive.
Pacheco, who also played for Major League Soccer‘s New York Red Bulls in 2009, was one of El Salvador’s most decorated soccer players until 2013 when he was banned from playing in the country after allegedly fixing games.
His murder is now one of more than 6,500 in the tiny central American country this year — thus far the deadliest year in that nation’s history.
The Red Bulls shared their grief on Twitter:
Our thoughts are with Pacheco’s loved ones as well.
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