Former Saint-Etienne player William Gomis has died at the age of 19 after reportedly being shot with an AK47 in the street alongside a 14-year-old boy. Sources in France suggest Gomis was killed in a shooting which took place in La Seyne-sur-Mer, Cote d’Azur, on Sunday night.
The 14-year-old boy also reportedly died in the incident with police finding 24 Kalashnikov cases at the scene. It is understood Gomis’ brother also died from gun shot wounds a few weeks ago. The defender left the Ligue 1 side after five years – making 18 appearances for their reserve team in the fifth tier of French football last season.
The Ligue 1 side said in a statement: “AS Saint-Etienne had the immense sadness to learn of the tragic death of William Gomis, which occurred last night. “The strong and slender defender contributed, during the 2017-2018 season, to the promotion of the reserve team to the National Championship 2.
“The club’s leaders, coaches, players and employees are deeply affected by William’s sudden death and offer their deepest sympathies to his family.”