Alfredo Pacheco was shot to death in front of a gas station in his native El Salvador early Sunday morning.
The 33-year-old was chatting with a group of friends when an unknown assailant opened fire on the group.
Two people who were travelling with Alfredo Pacheco were hurt in the attack, which took place in Santa Ana, 66km 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,” an official said.
Defender Alfredo Pacheco played for the Salvadoran sides Club Deportivo FAS and Asociacion Deportiva Isidro Metapan.
The left-back also played for MLS outfit New York Red Bulls and won 86 caps for his country, scoring seven goals, but his career ended in controversy.
Alfredo Pacheco was banned from football by the Salvadoran Football Federation in September 2013 when it was found he had been involved in match fixing.
El Salvador has seen its murder rate rocket this year, with homicides up 55 per cent compared to 2014. So far this year, there have been 6,068 murders, according to police data.
Earlier this month, Honduran international and former Rangers midfielder Arnold Peralta was murdered in a drive-by shooting in his hometown.
A post-mortem examination showed Peralta died from “multiple gunshot wounds to the skull, face and chest” but those responsible have still not been caught.
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