33 year old footballer, Alfredo Pacheco, who is a player for El Salvador national football team was shot dead by a gunman outside a petrol filling station in Santa Ana yesterday Dec. 27th.
Pacheco was a defender who played for the Salvadorian clubs Club Deportivo FAS, A D Isidro Metapán and the New York Red Bulls in the US.
Alfredo Pacheco was with a group of friends chatting in a petrol station on Sunday when an unknown assailant opened fire on the group. Two other people were injured and were taken to a nearby hospital in the city of Santa Ana, north-west of the capital, San 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,” the office said.
Alfredo although was banned in 2013 from playing football by the Salvadorian Football Association due to match fixing allegations, he’s El Salvador’s most capped footballer playing 86 times for the South American nation.
The murder rate in El Salvador has rocketed this year, with homicides up 55% on last year. So far this year, there have been 6,068 murders, according to Salvadorian police data.