Former Rangers midfielder shot dead

Arnold Peralta...Photo courtesy

Arnold Peralta…Photo courtesy

Honduran international Arnold Peralta who once played for Scottish side Rangers has been shot dead while on holiday in his hometown according to reports coming out from the South American country.

According to BBC Sports, Peralta who plays his club football with CD Olimpia was killed in the car park of a shopping centre in La Ceiba, on the country’s Caribbean coast. The motive for the attack is unclear.

The 26-year-old in the capital Tegucigalpa, played for Scottish giants Rangers until January this year before returning home to Honduras –a country plagued by gang violence with one of the highest murder rates in the world.

“This is terrible,” his father Carlos told a news conference. “They killed my exemplary son. I can’t say more because of the pain I feel.”

Osman Madrid, director of the Honduran football federation, said it was a “tragic death that the national sport mourns”.

No arrests have been made. Police ruled out robbery as a possible motive because Peralta had not had his belongings taken.

Represented Honduras at the 2012 Olympic Games in London but missed the 2014 Brazil World Cup through injury

His first club was Honduran side Vida, who he joined after making his name in local leagues

Joined Rangers in June 2013, spending 18 months with the side and helping them win the 2013-14 Scottish League One title