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Luke Fleurs Shot Dead: What Killed South African Olympic Soccer Player?

Luke Fleurs, a South African soccer player, was slain in a carjacking Wednesday night in a Johannesburg neighborhood, according to several sources. He was 24 years old. Reporters were informed by Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo, the spokesman for the Gauteng police department, that Fleurs was waiting for an attendant at a petrol station when he was shot. This information was reported by the BBC. “The suspects pointed [at] him with a firearm and took him out of his vehicle, then shot him once on the upper body,” Masondo said to reporters. Authorities said that one of the suspects fled in the car that was owned by Fleurs.

South African footballer and Olympian Luke Fleurs killed in hijacking - The  Hindu

According to the authorities, the athlete was transported to a local hospital, where he was subsequently declared dead. CNN claimed that the emerging young soccer talent had not yet made his debut with the Kaizer Chiefs, where he had signed a two-year agreement as a free agent in October of last year.

The abrupt and “tragic” death of the athlete was the subject of a statement that was released by the squad on Thursday. “It is with a great deal of sadness that we announce that Kaizer Chiefs player, Luke Fleurs, tragically lost his life last night during a hijacking incident in Johannesburg,” the club tweeted. “We are deeply saddened by this news.” At this time of great difficulty, we want his family and friends to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers. I hope that his spirit finds eternal rest. A statement released by the South African Football Association described the passing of Fleurs as “heartbreaking and devastating.”

According to the BBC, the head of the organization, Danny Jordaan, issued a statement in which he stated, “This is such a huge loss for his family, friends, his teammates, and football in general.” During the Olympic Games held in Tokyo in 2021, Fleurs, who was born in Cape Town in the year 2000, was the representative of South Africa. In remembrance of Fleurs, authorities have announced that a minute of silence would be held this weekend at all games played in the top-flight and second-tier competitions. According to the BBC, the Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Tommy Mthombeni said that a specialized group of investigators has been deployed to examine the circumstances surrounding the death of Fleurs.

Kaizer Chiefs defender Luke Fleurs passes away in hijacking - Reports |  Goal.com South Africa

Who was Luke Fleurs?

Fleurs was born on March 3, 2000, in Cape Town. Mitchells Plain was his hometown, but he relocated to Fish Hoek in 2013 after accepting a contract to attend the Ubuntu Cape Town Academy. He was just 13 years old at the time. After making his debut in the National First Division when he was 17 years old, he went on to make 18 appearances in the league during his first season of professional football. During the summer of 2018, Fleurs signed a long-term contract with SuperSport United, a team that competes in the South African Premier Division. During the under-20 level, Fleurs was South Africa’s representative. Bafana Bafana called him up for selection in 2021 and 2022, however, he did not get a cap during either of those years. Fleurs signed a deal with Kaizer Chiefs, a team that competes in the Premier League, on October 26, 2023. The contract was for two years, and there was an option for an additional year.

How Did Luke Fleurs Die?

Fleurs, who was 24 years old at the time of his death, was killed by gunfire during a hijacking on April 3, 2024. During the shooting, which took place at a gas station in a neighborhood of Florida in Johannesburg, the perpetrators of the crime shot him in the upper body and then left with his car. A minute of silence will be held at all first- and second-tier games on April 6 and 7, according to the South African Premier Division. This is in remembrance of Fleurs, who passed away on April 6.

Fleurs: Kaizer Chiefs handed blow in pursuit of SuperSport United star |  Goal.com

Luke Fleurs, a defender for South Africa, passed away on Wednesday after being shot during what witnesses described as a “hijacking incident” in Johannesburg. The player, who was 24 years old and played for Kaizer Chiefs, a team that competed in the South African Premier Division, was rushed to the hospital, but he ultimately passed away as a result of his injuries. A statement released by Kaizer Chiefs on Thursday morning said, “We are profoundly shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic and untimely passing of one of our players, Luke Fleurs.” The statement was made.

As a result of this catastrophic turn of events, the administration of the club, the players, and the technical staff are all quite disturbed. During this tremendously trying time, we want his family and friends to know that we are sending our deepest condolences.  Additional announcements will be made by the club at a later time.

Zizi Kodwa, the Minister of Sport for South Africa, offered the following statement: “I am saddened by the passing of KaizerChiefs defender and former junior international Luke Fleurs.”The fact that yet another life has been taken as a result of violent crime is a source of sadness for me. The Fleurs and Amakhosi families, as well as the whole South African football community, are in my thoughts and prayers.

Fleurs joined Kaizer Chiefs in October 2023, after stints with both Ubuntu and SuperSport United previous to that fact. However, he had been an unused replacement on two separate occasions, but he did not make a senior appearance for the team. Fleurs was never selected for a senior international match, although he was called up to the South African national squad in the year 2021. At the Olympic Games held in Tokyo in 2021, he participated in three different matches for his nation.

Conclusion 

Fleurs is the most recent victim of a tragic hijacking in South Africa, which has one of the worst murder rates in the world. South Africa is home to hundreds of individuals who have been killed in such incidents. According to the most recent official crime data, there were 5,973 occurrences of hijacking registered between October and December of the previous year. Approximately 31 people are murdered by firearms in South Africa every single day, as stated by Gun Free South Africa, a non-profit organization that advocates for a reduction in gun violence.  In April of last year, a mass shooting occurred at the residence of a family in South Africa, resulting in the deaths of ten members of the same family, one of whom was thirteen years old.

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