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Captain of Honduran National Soccer Team Shot Dead

FILE - Honduras' Arnold Peralta jumps for the ball during a World Cup qualifying match against Mexico in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Police believe Peralta was deliberately murdered.

The captain of Honduras' national soccer team, Arnold Peralta, was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting Thursday.

Police say he was gunned down in a shopping mall parking lot in his hometown of La Ceiba, on the Caribbean coast.

Police say it appears the killing was deliberate because the 26-year-old Peralta was not robbed.

Peralta played midfield for the Honduran national team and was scheduled to play a friendly match against the Cuban national team next week.

He played on the 2012 Summer Olympic team and formerly was a member of a Scottish football club.

Honduras is one of the world's most violent countries, plagued by poverty and drug-treated gang murders.