Christopher Aurier is dead, the brother of Tottenham defender Serge Aurier, was shot and killed outside a French nightclub.
26-year-old Christopher Aurier was fatally wounded in the early hours of Monday morning after suffering a gunshot wound to the stomach.
According to reports, residents called police after discovering Aurier, but he was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital.
An investigation has been launched into the killing, as the prime suspect remains at large after fleeing the scene.
Tottenham have released a statement offering their condolences, which reads:
“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.”
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.
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.