Shocking AK-47 killing of teen football starTop 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."