Former New York Red Bulls defender Alfredo Pacheco,
El Salvador's all-time caps leader with 86 international appearances, was gunned down at a gas station in his native Santa Ana. In 2013,
Pacheco, 33, had been banned for life in a match-fixing scandal involving 14 members of the national team.
Pacheco was shot three times at point-blank range as he exited a bathroom at a
gas station at 3:30 in the morning. He was with two friends who were shot and injured.
Pacheco made 14 appearances for the Red Bulls in 2009 in one season on loan from FAS. He also played
for Aguila and Isidro Metapan. He continued to play as an amateur player in the United States, where he lived with his wife and family. He was in Santa Ana for the holidays.
the second Central American star gunned down while back home for the holidays. Honduran international footballer Arnold Peralta
, 26, was murdered in his hometown, La Ceiba