William Alberto López García (24 September 1978 – 20 June 2005) was a Salvadoran footballer.

William López
Personal information
Full name William Alberto López García
Date of birth (1978-09-24)24 September 1978
Place of birth El Salvador
Date of death 20 June 2005(2005-06-20) (aged 26)
Place of death Quezaltepeque, El Salvador
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Inca Súper Flat
2001–2004 Arcense
2004–2005 Alianza
International career
2004 El Salvador 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 4 August 2012

Club career edit

López played for Salvadoran premier division sides Arcense and Alianza.

International career edit

López made his debut for El Salvador in a January 2004 friendly match against Panama in which he started but was substituted after only 8 minutes. It proved to be his sole international match.

Death edit

On 20 June 2005, López was attacked in Quezaltepeque by gang members and shot in the abdomen. He died in an ambulance while being rushed to a nearby hospital.[1] His family held members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang as being responsible for the attack.[2] López was survived by his wife, Rosario del Carmen Pacheco and sons William and Cristian. He was buried in Quezaltepeque on 23 June 2005.[3]

As of October 2005, a juvenile had been sentenced to 7 years in detention and other suspects of the murder were still awaiting their trial.[4] Later, Jesús Membreño was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of López.[5]

References edit

  1. ^ Asesinan a jugador albo - Diario CoLatino (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Salvadorean national team striker murdered - People Daily
  3. ^ No es adiós, es hasta siempre - El Diario de Hoy (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Sentenciado por matar a futbolista - El Diario de Hoy (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Extorsión a deportistas - El Diario de Hoy (in Spanish)

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