Christopher Aurier, the brother of Tottenham football star Serge, has been shot and killed outside a French nightclub.
The 26-year-old was fatally wounded in the early hours of Monday morning after suffering a gunshot wound to the stomach.
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Local residents in Toulouse called police after discovering Aurier, but he was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital.
French authorities have launched an investigation into who is responsible for the killing, with the guilty party reportedly still at large after fleeing the scene.
Serge Aurier had been in Premier League action for Spurs a matter of hours before the incident occurred, with the 27-year-old taking in a north London derby date with Arsenal.
Tottenham have released a statement offering their condolences, saying: “The club is deeply saddened to confirm media reports that Serge Aurier’s brother passed away in the early hours of this morning.
“Everybody at the club sends their sincerest condolences to Serge and his family. Our thoughts are with them all.”
The Club is deeply saddened to confirm media reports that Serge Aurier’s brother passed away in the early hours of this morning.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 13, 2020
Everybody at the Club sends their sincerest condolences to Serge and his family. Our thoughts are with them all. pic.twitter.com/NVw0v9OWCR
Christopher Aurier was a football too
Christopher, like his brother, was a footballer and on the books at French fifth division side Toulouse Rodeo.
He came close to beating Serge to a move to England back in 2011, with a trial taken in at Brentford.
Of that experience, he told reporters in 2017: “Brentford were in League One at the time. Everything went well with my trial, but I could not speak English at the time.
“The coach [Uwe Rosler] told me: ‘It's a shame you can't understand my instructions. I'd have signed you otherwise’.”
Christopher started out alongside Serge at RC Lens, but did not make a breakthrough at the highest level.
Tottenham have confirmed that defender Serge Aurier's brother died in the early hours of Monday morning, amid reports of a shooting.— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) July 13, 2020
He was a big supporter of his older sibling’s career, with one member of the Aurier family going on to grace the very top of the game.
Serge, after catching the eye at Lens, landed himself a move to Toulouse before eventually ending up at Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-German.
From there, he signed for Tottenham in 2017 and has gone on to take in 80 appearances for the club.
The most recent of those saw him play the full 90 minutes for Spurs as they secured a 2-1 victory over arch-rivals Arsenal.
Serge has also collected 62 caps for the Ivory Coast and formed part of their title-winning squad at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Spurs have confirmed that Serge Aurier's brother, Christopher Aurier, was shot dead this morning in France. May he RIP! pic.twitter.com/Y1vcYSQbvu— BERRY_KE🇰🇪 (@BerryOticha) July 13, 2020
🇨🇮 Our condolences go out to Tottenham Hotspur defender Serge Aurier and family, after his brother was shot dead in Toulouse in the early hours of this morning.— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) July 13, 2020
🙏 Our thoughts are with Serge and his family at this terrible time, may his brother rest in peace.#THFC #COYS pic.twitter.com/m6fBoGgSy6