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South African footballer Luke Fleurs fatally shot in car hijacking

South African footballer Luke Fleurs met a tragic end as he fell victim to a fatal shooting during a car hijacking incident.

The 24-year-old, who played as a defender for Kaizer Chiefs, was attacked by unknown assailants at a petrol station in the Johannesburg suburb of Florida on Wednesday night.

As Fleurs awaited service, he was confronted by gunmen who demanded he exit his vehicle.

In a harrowing sequence of events, he was forcibly removed from his car and subsequently shot in the upper body before the assailants fled the scene with his vehicle.

The Gauteng police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo, confirmed the incident to local media, shedding light on the horrifying circumstances surrounding Fleurs’ untimely demise.

Kaizer Chiefs, Fleurs’ team, expressed profound sorrow at the loss, labeling it as “tragic.”

They assured the public that law enforcement authorities were actively investigating the matter and pledged to provide further updates as they became available.

The sports fraternity, including Sports Minister Zizi Kodwa, was quick to react to the devastating news, expressing deep sadness over yet another life lost to violent crime.

Luke Fleurs, known for his prowess as a defender, joined Kaizer Chiefs just last year, marking a significant milestone in his football career.

Prior to his tenure with Kaizer Chiefs, he showcased his talents with SuperSport United, demonstrating his skills and dedication to the sport.

Described as a “classy defender” with “great technical abilities” on the Kaizer Chiefs website, Fleurs’ contributions to the game were widely recognized and appreciated.

His journey in football began in 2013 at the Ubuntu Cape Town Academy, where he laid the foundation for what promised to be a promising career.