Written by on April 5, 2024

Written by: Floyd Nkanyane


The South African sports community is mourning the devastating loss of 24-year-old Luke Fleurs, a promising defender for renowned club Kaizer Chiefs. In a terribly sad incident, Fleurs was fatally shot during an armed carjacking on Wednesday night at a gas station in the Johannesburg suburb of Florida.

According to police reports, Fleurs was approached by unknown gunmen while waiting at the gas pump. The assailants ordered him out of his vehicle at gunpoint. In a senseless act of violence, one of the suspects then shot Fleurs once in the upper body before fleeing the scene in the player’s car.

Fleurs joined Kaizer Chiefs, one of South Africa’s most successful and popular clubs, just last year after previous stints with SuperSport United and representing his country at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The club described his death as “tragic” and said further details would follow as police handle the investigation.

Sports authorities and public figures expressed heartbreak over the young life violently cut short. Sports Minister Zizi Kodwa lamented “yet another life lost to violent crime.” Soccer officials called for honoring Fleurs’ memory at upcoming matches.

Hailed as a “classy defender” with “great technical abilities,” Fleurs was on the cusp of making his senior national team debut for South Africa after rising through the country’s youth ranks. His promising career and life were cruelly ended by the plague of gun violence that has seen mass shootings become far too common across the nation.

As fans, teammates, family and friends grieve this immense loss, it serves as another harsh reminder of the urgent need to address rampant violent crime claiming innocent lives in South Africa. The football community has rallied to ensure Luke Fleurs’ memory as a talented player and human being cut down far too soon is properly honored.

Rest easy Ta’Luke

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