Panama footballer, Hernandez shot dead at 26
Panama international defender Gilberto Hernandez has been shot dead at the age of 26.
The Panama football league confirmed the news in a statement. The incident happened in the city of Colon but it is unclear if Hernandez was the target of the attack.
Seven others were injured in the incident.
Hernandez played twice for his country and one appearance came in the 2-0 loss to Argentina, where Lionel Messi scored, in March of this year. It was Argentina’s first game in front of home fans since winning the World Cup in Qatar last year.
He was also quoted by the BBC as urging his son’s killers to hand themselves in. According to The Guardian, there has been one arrest so far by police.
The Panama federation also issued a statement, saying it ‘regrets the sad passing of Gilberto Hernandez.