Ignacio Flores, who played on Mexico's 1978 World Cup team, was murdered while traveling from Mexico City to Cuernavaca, the capital of Morelos state, prosecutors said Thursday.

Flores died around midnight Wednesday when his vehicle was attacked by gunmen armed with large-caliber weapons at kilometer 79 of the Mexico City-Cuernavaca highway.

The former soccer player was killed near the entrance to Cuernavaca, the Morelos Attorney General's Office said.

Two adults traveling with Flores, who played for Mexico's Cruz Azul club, were wounded, while a 10-year-old girl escaped unscathed, the AG's office said.

The two wounded people were taken to a nearby hospital, the AG's office said.

Ignacio "Nacho" Flores was the brother of Luis Flores, who played for Mexico's Pumas de la UNAM and Spain's Sporting de Gijon.

Nacho Flores, born in July 1953, was a highly respected defender in the 1970s for Cruz Azul, a team that won five league championships and dominated Mexican soccer during his time on the roster.

He was on the 1978 World Cup squad led by coach Jose Antonio Roca, joining such stars as Hugo Sanchez, a former Real Madrid player, in representing Mexico.

Flores helped anchor the right side of Cruz Azul's defense for 16 years after making his debut at the age of 18.

The former player had worked for the Cruz Azul organization since retiring from the team.

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