Tottenham star Serge Aurier’s brother, Christopher, was shot dead at 5am this morning and his killer is still on the run.
Christopher Aurier, 26, was fatally wounded in the early hours after being shot in Toulouse outside a nightclub and he was pronounced dead in hospital, according to Le Point and Europe 1.
Local residents called the police after finding a man lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his stomach.
The victim’s brother, Serge, had played in Tottenham’s 2-1 north London derby win over Arsenal only hours earlier.
The French authorities have launched an investigation with the perpetrator still at large after fleeing the scene.
Tottenham Tweeted: ‘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 was also a footballer, in the French fifth division with Toulouse Rodeo. He had a trial with Championship side Brentford back in 2011 but was not signed.
Like Serge, he came through the ranks at RC Lens but did not make the breakthrough to the highest level.
Of his trial at Brentford, Christopher said 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.”‘
Serge, 27, progressed at Lens before signing for Toulouse. The Ivory Coast international then secured his big move to Paris Saint-Germain.
From there he signed for Tottenham in 2017 and his future at the club looked in doubt earlier this year after falling out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino.
But the right-back has found his way back into the team under Jose Mourinho and played the full 90 minutes of the north London derby on Sunday.
Serge has recently found himself in trouble for breaching lockdown rules three times.
He has won 62 caps for Ivory Coast and won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015. With PSG he was a two-time French league champion.