Luke Fleurs: South African police 'closing in' on Kaizer Chiefs defender's killers

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Luke Fleurs: South African police 'closing in' on Kaizer Chiefs defender's killers

Festus Chuma 11:00 - 04.04.2024

Investigations into Luke Fleurs' murder is in motion as new witness provides crucial details boosting hopes for the arrest of the assailants.

Detectives on the hunt for the assailants responsible for the tragic death of Kaizer Chiefs star Luke Fleurs have been given a new lease of hope.

A crucial witness has stepped forward, providing key details that could lead to the capture and prosecution of the culprits behind the fatal hijacking incident. 

The sudden breakthrough in the case has injected fresh momentum into the investigation, as authorities piece together the events that led to the untimely demise of the young footballer.

On the evening of Wednesday, 3 April, Luke Fleurs' life was cut short in a brutal encounter that has since shocked the nation.

The 24-year-old defender found himself at the mercy of armed hijackers while waiting at a petrol station in Florida, Johannesburg. 

The attackers, arriving in a white BMW 1 Series, confronted Fleurs with a firearm as he sat in his red VW Golf 8 GTI. 

In a chilling sequence of events, the footballer was forcibly removed from his vehicle and shot once in the upper body, a fatal blow that led to his death before he could receive medical attention.

Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo, the spokesperson for Gauteng police, detailed the horrific incident, noting the swift and merciless actions of the hijackers.

 "The suspects pointed him with a firearm and took him out of his vehicle, then shot him once on the upper body. One suspect drove off with the victim's car, followed by his accomplice," Masondo recounted.

Despite the swift response from emergency services, Fleurs was declared dead upon arrival at the nearest medical care center.

In the wake of the tragedy, the police launched a comprehensive investigation, appealing to the public for any information that could lead to the arrest of the individuals involved. 

"Police have opened a case of murder and car hijacking for investigation, and no arrests have been made yet. Police are appealing to anyone who might have information that can help in the investigation or assist in the apprehension of the suspects to please call the nearest police station or call crime stop on 08600 10111," Masondo urged.

The emergence of a significant new witness has brought a glimmer of hope to the investigation team. 

This individual has provided investigators with critical information that not only sheds light on the circumstances surrounding Fleurs' death but also points to potential suspects. 

The police are confident that this lead could be the key to unraveling the case and bringing Fleurs' killers to justice.

Luke Fleurs, whose promising career was abruptly ended, had joined Kaizer Chiefs in October, following a stint with SuperSport United. 

The defender was on a two-year contract with the option for renewal and his loss has been deeply felt across the football community, with fans, teammates, and rivals alike mourning the tragic end of a bright star.

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