Lucas Gonzalez, a 17-year-old footballer, was killed by cops while driving home from practice, and his mother is demanding that the cops “pay the price.”
ARGENTINE football has been rocked by the shooting death of professional player Lucas Gonzalez by police.
Gonzalez, a 17-year-old who played for Barracas Central, a second-tier club, died earlier this week.
He was leaving training with three clubmates in a car when plainclothes cops opened fire, hitting him in the head.
The young star of the youth team was rushed to the hospital, but he was unable to be saved.
“We say goodbye to Lucas with infinite sorrow,” the Buenos Aires-based Barracas said.
The club acknowledges the pain and helplessness it feels as a result of what has occurred.
“In this irreversible moment, we ask for respect for his family and embrace them.”
“Three days of mourning will be observed by the club, with no social or sporting activities.”
“We offer our heartfelt condolences to Lucas’ family, friends, and teammates, and we demand JUSTICE for him.”
Three officers have been suspended, according to reports, and an investigation has begun.
Gonzalez and his friends are believed to have been stopped at a shop when they were apprehended.
It’s unclear whether the officers were in a police vehicle when they intervened.
Locals took to the streets to express their displeasure with “trigger-happy cops.”
“After Lucas and his teammates left training, they stopped to buy some drinks, and a car with four cops pulled up,” Gonzales’ mother Cintia Lopez told local radio station La Voz.
“The officers thought they were going to be attacked,” one of the boys’ fathers said.
The situation became more tense, and the cops shot my son.
“They have ruined my life, and I want those who are to blame to face the consequences.”
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