San Salvador: El Salvador’s most capped international footballer, Alfredo Pacheco, has been murdered. The 33-year-old, who played 86 games for his nation before being banned from the sport for life in 2013 following a match-fixing scandal, was shot dead on Sunday at a petrol station near the country’s capital of San Salvador.
Pacheco was chatting with a group of friends when an unknown assailant shot at the group several times, authorities said. Two other people were injured and were taken to a nearby hospital in the city of Santa Ana.
“The attorney general’s office in Santa Ana processed the crime scene of the murder of Alfredo Pacheco at 3:30am (local time) in a petrol station,” it said. Pacheco was a defender who played for the Salvadoran clubs Club Deportivo FAS and Asociacion Deportiva Isidro Metapan.
He also played for the New York Red Bulls in the United States in 2009. El Salvador has seen its murder rate skyrocket this year, with homicides up 55 percent compared with last year. So far this year, there have been 6068 murders, according to police data.