South African professional footballer Luke Flores has been shot dead during a car robbery incident.

According to foreign media reports, local police officials said that a tragic incident took place at a petrol station in the suburbs of Johannesburg on Wednesday night when 24-year-old national football player Luke Flores was shot dead by suspects during a car robbery.

Police spokesperson Lt. Col. Mawela Masondo told local media that the suspects pointed a firearm at him and pulled him out of his vehicle, later shooting him.

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The club said the police are handling the matter and more details will be communicated in due course.

Flores joined the Kaizer Chiefs club last year and previously played for Supersport United. He also represented South Africa in Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

Luke Flores started his career in 2013 at the Ubuntu Cape Town Academy.