Tottenham Star Serge Aurier's Brother Shot Dead, Police Hunt Suspect

The brother of Tottenham Hotspur star Serge Aurier was shot dead outside a nightclub in Toulouse, France, in the early hours of Monday morning.

According to French outlets Europe 1 and Le Point, the incident unfolded at around 5 a.m. local time (11 p.m. ET on Sunday night). Two shots were reportedly fired, before police arrived on the scene after being alerted by local residents, who found a man on the ground, understood to be Christian Aurier, with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Aurier was taken to Toulouse's Rangueil Hospital in a critical state, before being pronounced dead shortly afterward.

French authorities confirmed to both Europe 1 and Le Point that the suspected shooter was on the run and that police were investigating the shooting.

"The club is deeply saddened to confirm that Serge Aurier's brother passed away in the early hours of this morning," Spurs said in a statement on Monday.

"We are supporting Serge at this difficult time and we ask that the privacy of the player and his family is respected."

Like his older brother, Christian came through the youth ranks of R.C. Lens and had trials with Championship club Brentford in 2011, but failed to become a professional soccer player and instead played at amateur level for fifth division club Toulouse Rodeo.

Brentford are battling for promotion to the Premier League this season but were in League One—the third tier of English soccer's pyramid—at the time Aurier had trials with the club.

"Brentford were in League One at the time. Everything went well with my trial, but I could not speak English at the time," he told the Daily Mail in 2017.

"The coach [Uwe Rosler] told me: 'It's a shame you can't understand my instructions. I'd have signed you otherwise.'"

In 2017, he was arrested in France after allegedly assaulting a sex worker.

The shooting came just hours after Aurier played in Tottenham's 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday in the Premier League.

After turning professional with Lens, Aurier emerged as a promising prospect and signed for Toulouse, before securing a loan move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2014, which became permanent 12 months later.

The 26-year-old won two Ligue 1 titles and six domestic cups in three seasons in the French capital, before moving to Spurs in the summer of 2017.

Aurier found regular first team opportunities hard to come by during the first two seasons in London, due to a combination of competition for the right-back position and a host of fitness problems.

The Ivory Coast international looked set to leave the club in the summer, but has established himself as Spurs' first-choice right-back after Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager in November.

Aurier has had brushes with the law himself and was found guilty of assaulting a police officer outside a nightclub in Paris in 2016 and has breached the coronavirus-imposed lockdown three times over the last couple of months.

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Serge Aurier during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on July 12 in London, United Kingdom. Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty