Guatemalan professional footballer Pablo Villatoro was shot dead Thursday in a road rage incident, police said. 

Villatoro, 33, a defender on the Mixco club squad, was killed in the city of Chiquimula, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) east of the capital following a traffic dispute.  

Police said they are investigating.

The footballer had survived a 2007 shooting, when he was shot twice by thieves trying to steal his car. 

Guatemala is one of Latin America’s most violent nations, with a homicide rate of 40 per 100,000 people, according to World Bank data from 2010 to 2014. – Agence France-Presse

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