Walter Nahún López

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Walter López
Personal information
Full name Walter Nahún López Cardenas
Date of birth (1977-09-01)1 September 1977
Place of birth La Labor, Honduras
Date of death 9 August 2015(2015-08-09) (aged 37)
Place of death La Democracia municipality, Guatemala
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Wingback
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Platense
1999–2001 BSV Bad Bleiberg 28 (0)
2001–2002 Austria Salzburg 6 (0)
2002–2004 Marathón 76 (5)
2004–2007 Olimpia
2007–2008 Motagua 12 (1)
2008–2009 Platense 8 (0)
2009 Deportes Savio 9 (0)
2009–2010 Peñarol La Mesilla 21 (3)
2012 Cobán Imperial
National team
1999–2000 Honduras U23
2000–2005 Honduras 13 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Walter Nahún López Cárdenas (1 September 1977 – 9 August 2015) was a Honduran football player.

Club career[edit]

His first game in the Honduran league was on 16 November 1997 wearing the Platense's shirt in La Ceiba against Vida.[1] With Darwin Pacheco, he has been the only Honduran national league footballer from Ocotepeque Department.[2]

He finished his career with Cobán Imperial in the Guatemala's top division.[3]

International career[edit]

López made his debut for Honduras in a May 2000 friendly match against Canada and has earned a total of 13 caps, scoring 1 goal. He has represented his country in 1 FIFA World Cup qualification match[4] and played at the 2005 UNCAF Nations Cup[5] as well as at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

His final international was a June 2005 friendly match against Jamaica.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Honduras' goal tally first.
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 March 2004 Estadio José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela  Venezuela 1–1 1–2 Friendly match

Personal life and murder[edit]

Nicknamed el General, his mother was Ovidia Cárdenas and he had a brother, Fernando.[6]

López was murdered on 9 August 2015 by gangs at a Guatemalan border with Mexico.[7] Police later stated he was shot outside the Estadio Comunal stadium in La Mesilla, La Democracia municipality, in Guatemala when visiting relatives of his wife Lesly Yamileth.[8] He died moments later at the health center of the municipality.[9]


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