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France thrown into mourning as football teenage sensation dies in gun battle

French League side Saint-Etienne have confirmed the death of former player, William Gomis.

The France international was said to have been shot dead in a shooting that occured in La Seyne-sur-Mer, Cote d'Azur, on Sunday night, September 9.

According to SunSport, a 14-year-old boy was killed in a similar incident earlier, with police finding 24 Kalashnikov cases at the scene.

The Sun further revealed that Gomis had lost his brother from a gun shot wound a couple of weeks back. William parted ways with his French League side this summer having spent five seasons at the club with just 18 appearances for their reserve team in the fifth tier.

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.

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