Wilson Palacios has flown home to Honduras after being told that police there had found the body of his younger brother Edwin, who was abducted in 2007.
The Tottenham midfielder was in Liverpool for his club's Premier League match at Everton when he heard the news.
"I got a phone call from him at seven o'clock this morning," Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp revealed after the match.
"The kid heard last night at one o'clock in the morning that they had found his brother's body and they had caught some of the gang that had murdered him."
Edwin Palacios had been missing since October 2007, when he was kidnapped at his home by assailants who demanded a ransom from the family. He was 16 at the time and his elder brother had just signed for his first English club, Birmingham.
Wilson Palacios subsequently moved to Wigan before joining Tottenham in a 14-million-pound deal in January.
Redknapp added: "He's a wonderful lad Palacios and if his brother was anything like him, he's one of the most respectful people I have come across, he's unbelievable.
"It's so sad. He's a 16-year-old kid who gets kidnapped and then gets murdered. I think the ransom even got paid and this still happened."
"His mother's been over visiting him on her first visit to England. And she left yesterday and is flying back home so she's travelling and won't know until she got home. I think it's been confirmed. I think one of his other brothers is identifying his remains."
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