KEY POINTS

  • Serge Aurier's brother Christopher was shot dead
  • The incident took place outside a nightclub around 5 a.m. local time
  • Christopher was also a soccer player but did not play in the highest level

Tottenham defender Serge Aurier’s brother was reportedly shot dead outside a nightclub in the early hours of Monday in Toulouse, France.

The incident took place at around 5 a.m. local time on the Boulevard de Thibaud before the residents informed the police after discovering a wounded man lying on the street, according to French outlet Europe1.

The cops then closed off the area for further investigation. The person, who was pronounced dead at the hospital after he was shot in the abdomen, was later recognized as Spurs star Serge’s 26-year-old brother Christopher Aurier. The report also disclosed two bullets were fired and the suspect was on the run.

Serge’s younger brother Christopher also played soccer but at an amateur level. He was a part of Toulouse Rodéo (5th division). Both the brothers played initially for French club RC Lens, but Christopher failed to rise through the ranks like Serge, who has been associated with Spurs since 2017 and earlier played for one of France’s biggest clubs Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Meanwhile, Christopher previously had trials at Brentford in 2011, and he also tried out for non-league side Stalybridge Celtic.

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld (R) scored the winner against Arsenal Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld (R) scored the winner against Arsenal Photo: POOL / Tim Goode

Christopher was a part of the French fifth-tier side Toulouse Rodeo. The fatal incident took place just hours after Serge had played for Tottenham’s Premier League match against Arsenal at home at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, according to the English publication Mirror.

Serge played the full 90 minutes as Jose Mourinho's side came from a goal down to beat Arsenal 2-1, courtesy of Toby Alderweireld’s winner at the 81st minute. It was Spurs’ 14th victory of the league in the 2019-20 season. Jose Mourinho’s side is currently placed eighth in the Premier League table but are just two points away from Sheffield United.

Serge moved from PSG to Spurs in 2017 and has so far made 79 appearances for the Premier League side, where he has scored six goals as well. He played a crucial role when Spurs qualified for their maiden Champions League final in 2019, where they lost to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in Madrid.