The 33-year-old was reportedly gunned down at a gas station in his hometown of Santa Ana on Sunday (27Dec15).

Pacheco, who also played for Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls in 2009, was one of El Salvador's most decorated soccer players until he was banned from playing in 2013 following a match fixing scandal.

A Red Bulls representative has confirmed the sad news on Twitter, writing, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Alfredo Pacheco's family & friends."