Former top El Salvador soccer player Alfredo Pacheco shot to death

Former top El Salvador soccer player Alfredo Pacheco shot to death


Alfredo Pacheco, a disgraced former top soccer
player for El Salvador, has been shot to death, authorities said. Pacheco, whose career included a spell at
the New York Red Bulls, was shot early Sunday at a gas station in Santa Ana, his hometown
in northwestern El Salvador, officials said. Two other people who were speaking to him
at the time of the shooting were wounded, according to police. The 33-year-old defender was El Salvador’s
most capped player. But his career was plunged into ignominy in 2013 when the Salvadorean
Football Federation banned him and 12 other players for life for match-fixing. Pacheco played for several top clubs in El
Salvador and also spent a season on loan at the New York Red Bulls, for whom he made 14
appearances in 2009. The U.S. team offered its condolences to Pacheco’s
family and friends on Sunday. The Salvadorean Soccer Federation also paid
tribute to the player, saying it shared the pain and offered prayers to his family. This year has been the deadliest on record
for El Salvador, with 6,500 murders. The country experiences an average of 17 murders a day,
according to police, who attribute the violence to gangs. Other Central American nations are also plagued
by rampant violent crime. Earlier this month, Honduras national team
soccer player Arnold Peralta was shot to death while on vacation in his home country, which
was ranked as having the world’s highest murder rate by a U.N. report last year.

Antonio Breitenberg

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2 thoughts on “Former top El Salvador soccer player Alfredo Pacheco shot to death

  1. sir stiggy says:

    my dad was friends with Alfredo Pacheco

  2. New York Guy 1990 says:

    I was related to him

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