French football star, 19, ‘shot dead’

FORMER Saint-Etienne star William Gomis has reportedly been shot dead.

Former Saint-Etienne star William Gomis 'shot dead'@ASSEOFFICIEL

TRAGIC: William Gomis has died

Gomis, 19, was reportedly killed yesterday in La Seyne-sur-Mer.

There are also reports a boy, 14, was shot dead in the incident with police finding 23 Kalashnikov cases at the scene.

His ex-club said in a statement: “AS Saint-Étienne, with immense sadness, has learnt of the tragic death of William Gomis which occurred last night.

“Appreciated by his former teammates and educators for his human qualities, the young player, who would have turned 20 in December, did all his training at the club where he had arrived at the age of 15.

“He came from the class of 1998, that of Arnaud Nordin, Mahdi Camara, Cyril Martin-Pichon, Ronael Pierre-Gabriel and Anthony Maisonnial, so many friends with whom he shared great joy and followed his apprenticeship.

“Aspiring then intern, he left the ASSE last June after his five-year training cycle.

“This solid and elusive defender has contributed, during the 2017-2018 season, the accession of the reserve team to the National Championship 2.”

Tributes poured in for the defender.

One wrote: “Only 19. This is heartbreaking. Prayers for the family of William Gomis.”

Another said: “Too much death occurring as of late man.

“Rest in peace to yet another up and coming young star. Long live William Gomis.”

And another wrote on social media: “My thoughts go out to the family of William Gomis, during their dark times.

“Rest in Peace.”

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