Gunmen kill 3 people in soccer-related shooting
Police have identified three soccer fans who were killed in a
drive-by shooting as crowds walked toward a stadium.
The shooting occurred Sunday as hundreds of Motagua fans headed
to Tegucigalpa’s national stadium for a league match against Real
Three other people were injured. Their conditions were not
immediately clear Monday.
Police spokesman Leonel Sauceda identified the dead as Francisco
Portillo, 22; Jonathan Cruz, 17, and Karol Martinez, 20.
Sauceda speculated the attackers could be gang members and
supporters of Honduran club Olimpia, bitter rivals of Motagua.
Sauceda said the hooligan factions may have been infiltrated by
members of the violent street gangs Mara Salvatrucha and La 18. The
street gangs are involved in drug trafficking and organized
The shooting is at least the fifth similar incident in the last
three years in Honduras, one of the most dangerous countries in
It was the second violent incident in two days involving
Motagua, although the two appeared unrelated.
On Friday, Motagua goalkeeper Donaldo Morales shot a newspaper
reporter with an air gun because he was angry that the journalist
had criticized him in an article.
Saul Carranza, a reporter for the sports daily Diez, was trying
to interview Morales after a practice Friday when the goalkeeper
started insulting him and complaining that the reporter had blamed
him for a 2-2 draw last week against Vida.
Carranza moved on to interview midfielder Jorge Claros. Moments
later, Morales appeared with the air gun, shot Carranza three times
Diez reported in its Saturday edition that Morales called
Carranza three times to apologize but the reporter did not
Carranza did not press charges against Morales, but the
newspaper said he would if the goalkeeper approached the reporter
Motagua president Pedro Atala condemned Morales’ behavior in a
statement and promised to “apply all the sanctions that the
situation deserves,” although he did not specify what those would