- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2011

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Authorities say former Mexico defender Ignacio Flores Ocaranza has been killed in a late-night roadside attack that left his van riddled with bullets.

The attorney general’s office for the state of Morelos says Flores was killed at a gas station Wednesday and two of his brothers were wounded, apparently by an assault rifle. The motive is unknown.

The office said in a statement Thursday that Flores was visiting his aging mother in Cuernavaca, just south of Mexico City.

Flores was a member of Mexico’s 1978 World Cup team. He played for Cruz Azul in the 1970s and ‘80s and won five Mexican titles. A Twitter message from the team Thursday said, “Rest in peace … teacher, friend, father.”

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