The killing on Saturday was confirmed by Didacio Camargo, press chief for Panama’s National Police.
|Amilcar Henriquez, shown here in 2014, played against the likes of Neymar in his career with Panama.|
Authorities say the 33-year-old midfielder was leaving his home when a gunman shot him several times. Another two people were wounded. Henriquez was taken to a nearby public hospital, where he died.
President Juan Carlos Varela condemned the killing on his Twitter account and called for authorities in Colon to hunt down those responsible.
Henriquez was a member of Panama’s national team and played the last 10 minutes of the most recent World Cup qualifier against the United States last month, a 1-1 draw.
He played his club football for Panamanian giants Arabe Unido and started both legs of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal defeat to FC Dallas earlier this year.