French League side Saint-Etienne have confirmed the death of former player 19-year-old defender William Gomis who was reported shot in France.
The report has it that William was said to have been shot dead in a shooting that occured in La Seyne-sur-Mer, Cote d’Azur, on Sunday night.
A 14-year-old boy was killed in a similar incident earlier, with police finding 24 Kalashnikov cases at the scene, according to SunSport.
— AS Saint-Etienne (@ASSEofficiel) September 10, 2019
It was further learnt that the France international had lost his brother from a gunshot wound a couple of weeks back.
William left the French League side this summer having spent five seasons at the club with just 18 appearances for their reserve team in the fifth tier.
#BREAKING: Ligue 1 football side AS Saint-Etienne has confirmed the death of 19-year-old William Gomis who was reportedly shot in Seyne-sur-Mer, France.
Statement from the club says “AS Saint-Etienne had immense sadness to learn of the tragic death of William Gomis” pic.twitter.com/gjqdI8sOrz
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The Ligue 1 side said in a statement: “AS Saint-Etienne had the immense sadness to learn of the tragic death of William Gomis, which occurred last night.
“The strong and slender defender contributed, during the 2017-2019 season, to the promotion of the reserve team to the National Championship 2.
“The club’s leaders, coaches, players and employees are deeply affected by William’s sudden death and offer their deepest sympathies to his family.”
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