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Rangers player Arnold Peralta shot dead: The heartbreaking moment his wife cries over his body in Honduras

The 26-year-old was gunned down as he shopped for clothes for his baby daughter, reports

Published 11/12/2015

In a heartwrenching moment the wife of a former Rangers footballer wept over his body after he was shot dead in his hometown while reportedly buying clothes for their daughter.

Arnold Peralta, who was a player on the Honduras national team, was found dead in the car park of a shopping centre in La Ceiba.

The 26-year-old played with Rangers for 18 months.

Harrowing footage shows the heartbreaking moment his wife Vanessa Olivia cried over his body at the scene of the attack, which was covered with a white sheet.

Local newspaper El Heraldo reported that he had been shopping with his wife to buy clothes for their three-month-old daughter.

Rangers football club have said it will hold a minute's silence before tomorrow's game against Morton and the players will wear black armbands in his honour.

He left in January returning home to play for Club Deportivo Olimpia, after helping them win the 2013-14 Scottish League One Title.

He had won 24 caps for his country and played at both the 2014 World Cup and the 2012 London Olympics.

His father Carlos spoke of the devastating pain he was feeling at the news.

"This is terrible. They killed my exemplary son. I can't say more because of the pain I feel", he said.

Arnold Peralta and wife Vanessa Olivia. Pic: Social Media
Arnold Peralta and wife Vanessa Olivia. Pic: Social Media
The harrowing moment of Arnold Peralta's wife at scene. Pic: Still from Diez TV
Former Rangers midfielder Arnold Peralta was shot in his hometown in Honduras
The scene where Arnold Peralta was found.
Harrowing moment wife of Arnold Peralta cries at scene of attack.
Arnold Peralta was killed in his hometown of La Ceiba, Honduras (AP)
Arnold Peralta of Honduras celebrates after the final whistle during the Men's Football first round Group D match between Spain and Honduras on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games
Honduras and former Rangers midfielder Arnold Peralta has been killed in his home town of La Ceiba, the Honduran government has announced. Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.
Honduran CD Olimpia's Arnold Peralta (R) prepares to throw the ball next to Costa Rican Club Sport Herediano manager Mauricio Wrigt (2L) during their Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal football match at Eladio Rosabal Cordero stadium, in Heredia, Costa Rica on March 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ Ezequiel BECERRAEZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP/Getty Images
Arnold Peralta (top) of Honduras vies for the ball with Wu Lei (L) of China during a friendly football match in Xian, China on November 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO / STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images
Honduras' midfielder Arnold Peralta looks at the ball while falling on the pitch during a friendly football match against Japan in Toyota, Aichi prefecture, Japan on November 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURATOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images
Honduras' Arnold Peralta (R) and Jerri Bengtson (L) celebrate after scoring against Venezuela during their FIFA friendly match at the Olimpico Metropolitano stadium in San Pedro Sula, 240 km north of Tegucigalpa on March 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRAORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images
Portrait picture of Honduras' midfielder Arnold Peralta posing before a match in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on October 16, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Orlando SIERRAORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images
In this Sept. 7, 2012 photo, Honduras' Arnold Peralta controls the ball during a World Cup qualifying soccer game against Cuba in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)
In this March 5, 2014 file photo, Honduras' soccer player Arnold Peralta prior to a friendly match against Venezuela in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

In a statement posted on their Facebook page Rangers Football Club said it was "deeply shocked and saddened" at the tragic news.

"Rangers Football Club is deeply shocked and saddened to hear the tragic news about former player Arnold Peralta.

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

Rangers Football Club is deeply shocked and saddened to hear the tragic news about former player Arnold Peralta.The 26...

Posted by Rangers FC on Friday, 11 December 2015

"The Club will pay its respects with a minute’s silence before tomorrow’s game against Morton. The players will also wear black armbands in his honour."

Kris Boyd, who spent six months playing alongside the midfielder at Rangers, said: "It's just tragic. I don't really know the ins and outs of it, so all I can do is pass on my condolences to his family.

''He was always somebody who would come into training with a smile on his face. He worked hard and did everything to the best of his ability.

"I only knew Arnie for a few months but 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.''

Current Gers striker Nicky Clark posted a picture of himself hugging Peralta on Twitter as well as the following message: ''Horrible news this morning, rip Arnie.''

The Honduran Ministry of Security said the car park had its own private security and robbery had been ruled out as a motive because the victim had not been stripped of his belongings.

Director of the Honduran national football federation, Osman Madrid, said: "This is a tragic death that the national sport mourns."

Peralta's club has also expressed its sympathies online.

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