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Honduras soccer star's death spotlights his country's long siege of violence

Last year on Twitter, Honduran soccer star Arnold Peralta denounced the violence plaguing his nation.

"Our country is facing difficult times with so many criminals killing so much, as though killing is fashionable!" he wrote. "These sorts of people don't deserve to be alive."

On Thursday he was shot and killed in a parking lot outside a mall in his hometown of La Ceiba. The 26-year-old midfielder was visiting the northern coastal city after the end of his professional club's season.

Among countries not officially at war, Honduras, population 8 million, is one of the most violent places on Earth. The homicide rate in its major cities is about 12 to...