Shocking AK-47 killing of teen football star

Top News | 12 Sep 2018

Tributes have poured in for a talented teenage defender who was gunned down in Cote d'Azur alongside a 14-year-old boy in a killing that has shocked France and the football world.

Former Saint-Etienne footballer William Gomis died after reportedly being shot with an AK-47 in La Seyne-sur-Mer.

The 14-year-old too died in the incident.

Gomis' brother reportedly died from gunshot wounds just a few weeks earlier.

"Saint-Etienne has had the immense sadness to learn of the tragic death of William Gomis," the French club said. "He left ASSE last June after his five-year academy training cycle. This solid and rangy defender contributed notably to the reserve team's promotion to the National 2 league in 2017-18."

The club had wished to keep the nineteen-year-old on their reserve team, but Gomis turned them down.

He represented their B team in the Championnat National 18 times last season, regularly wearing the captain's armband.

Tributes from his fans and former teammates flooded social media. One Twitter user wrote: "Only 19. This is heartbreaking. Prayers for the family of William Gomis."

A Saint-Etienne midfielder tweeted "Willy" next to a crying emoji.

Anthony Maisonnial, who plays for FC Sion, posted a message on Twitter along with pictures of Gomis. "Today my brother you left for the big trip. My prayers are going to you. May God open the doors of paradise. I cry as I say I love you."

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