Not again! South African footballer shot dead in botched car hijacking

Not again! South African footballer shot dead in botched car hijacking

Joel Omotto 05:55 - 04.04.2024

The Kaizer Chiefs defender met his untimely death following a botched car hijacking incident in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening.

In a tragic turn of events, South African footballer Luke Fleurs, aged 24, has been fatally shot in a botched car hijacking incident.

Fleurs, a defender for Kaiser Chiefs, met his untimely demise during the attempted hijacking in the Florida region of Gauteng, approximately 10 miles west of Johannesburg.

The heartbreaking incident occurred on Wednesday evening, sending shockwaves through the football community.

South Africa Police Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo expressed the police's stance on the matter, stating, "The police are waiting for information on the incident for now. We will comment further on the matter as soon as we gather the details thereof."

Family members and close associates have confirmed the tragic news, with one family member acknowledging the loss, lamenting, "Yes, it is true, Luke was gunned down in a hijacking. Sad, very sad."

The devastating news has reverberated throughout the football world, with expressions of grief pouring in from fans and fellow athletes alike.

Kaiser Chiefs, Fleurs' club, has yet to release an official statement regarding the incident. However, sentiments of sorrow and disbelief flooded social media platforms, with one fan expressing, "REST IN PEACE LUKE. It is too sad and sorry, my heartfelt condolences to his loved ones. RIP."

Fleurs, known for his promising talent, joined Kaiser Chiefs in October 2023 from SuperSport United on a two-year contract.

His aspirations and dreams were evident in his social media posts, where he shared his joy upon signing with the club, captioning, "Dreams do come true." Despite his potential, Fleurs tragically did not have the opportunity to make his mark on the field for Kaiser Chiefs.

Throughout his career, Fleurs represented South Africa at various youth levels, including the Under-17 and U23 teams. He even competed in the delayed Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Despite his achievements, Fleurs was not capped for the senior Bafana Bafana squad.

Fleurs' untimely death serves as a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and the devastating impact of senseless violence. As investigations continue, the football community mourns the loss of a promising talent whose bright future was tragically cut short.