Arnold Peralta, a Honduran international footballer was murdered in the car park of a shopping centre in his native country. The attack which took place in the city of La Ceiba is undergoing investigation with a motive of robbery being ruled out from the off by the police.
Honduras has a notorious reputation in the world as a major hotspot for murder which majorly stems from the strong gang violence prevalent in the country. This Caribbean country has taken a large hit to its local tourism and activities due to this law breakdown.
Peralta represented the club Olimpia from Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital. He was a member of the National team which represented Honduras at the 2012 Olympic Games which took place in London, United Kingdom. The injury ended his hopes for playing in the World Cup squad of 2014, which was held in Brazil, something unfortunate considering the relative lack of representation of Honduras in the said tournament.
He was in the Glasgow side, Rangers from the summer of 2013 till January of the current year when he moved to Olimpia due to lack of playing time and to move back to familiar climes. He made a total of 24 appearances during his time at the Ibrox and had a solitary goal to his name.
No arrests have yet been made by the police but with the high profile of the case at hand, swift action is expected.
Condolences and tributes have been flowing in, including from the Honduran Football Federation director, Osman Madrid who thought that the incident was a “tragic death that the national sport mourns”.
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