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South African Footballer Luke Fleurs Killed in Johannesburg Carjacking

South African Footballer Luke Fleurs Killed in Johannesburg Carjacking

Luke Fleurs, a 24-year-old South African footballer and Olympian playing for Kaizer Chiefs, was tragically shot dead during a carjacking at a petrol station in Johannesburg.

According to police, the attackers shot Fleurs while he was waiting at the gas station in the Honeydew suburb. They then fled with his vehicle, prompting an ongoing investigation into murder and car hijacking.

Kaizer Chiefs expressed profound sadness, offering condolences to Fleurs’ family and friends. The club highlighted Fleurs’ contributions, including his representation of South Africa at the Tokyo Olympics.

South Africa, plagued by high murder rates and carjackings, recorded nearly 6,000 hijacking cases in the last quarter of 2023 alone. Fleurs’ death underscores the pervasive threat of violent crime in the country.

This tragic incident adds to a distressing pattern of violent crime affecting countless lives in South Africa, where gun violence claims an average of 31 lives daily. The authorities are actively pursuing the perpetrators, but as of now, no arrests have been made.

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