Ex-Rangers Player Killed In Drive-By Shooting

Ex-Rangers Player Killed In Drive-By Shooting

Rangers will hold a minute's silence before Saturday's game with Morton to pay tribute to a former player killed in a drive-by shooting in his native Honduras.

Arnold Peralta, who made 21 appearances for Rangers between 2013 & 2015, was killed in the car park of a shopping centre in his home city of La Ceiba.

Police Commissioner Leonel Sauceda said: "Apparently it was one or two individuals who were travelling in a vehicle – a motorcycle or car."

Investigators have ruled out robbery as Peralta had not had his belongings taken.

Peralta made his name in the local leagues in the coastal city of La Ceiba & was picked for the Honduras squad for the U20 World Cup in Egypt in 2009.

He joined Rangers in 2013 yet the 26-year-old returned home in January this year to sign for Olimpia, the most successful team in Honduras.

"Rangers Football Club is deeply shocked & saddened to hear the tragic news approximately former player Arnold Peralta," the Glasgow club said in a statement.

"Our thoughts go out to Arnold's family & friends at this very difficult time."

Kris Boyd, who spent six months playing alongside the midfielder at Rangers, said: "He was always somebody who would come into training with a smile on his face. He worked complex & did everything to the best of his ability.

"I only knew Arnie for a few months yet I knew exactly how he was as a person. The biggest tragedy for me is that there is a partner there now who will have to bring up a child by herself."

Honduras has one of the highest murder rates in the world, spurred by vicious gang warfare.

Source: “Sky News”