Footballer Lucas Gonzalez, 17, shot dead by police driving home from training when his mother asked police officers “to pay the price”

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Argentine football went into shock after professional player Lucas Gonzalez was shot dead by police.

The 17-year-old Gonzalez, who played for second division side Barracas Central, died earlier this week.

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Barracas Central posted this statement on TwitterPhoto credit: Twitter @barracascentral

He was leaving practice in a car with three clubmates when plainclothes police opened fire and hit the teenager in the head.

The youth team prodigy was hospitalized but could not be rescued.

Barracas of Buenos Aires announced: “We say goodbye to Lucas with endless sadness. The club surrender to the pain and impotence of what happened.”

“We ask his family for their respect and we hug them at this irreparable moment.

“The association will hold three days of mourning without any social or sporting activities.

“We express our condolences to Lucas’ family, friends and teammates – and we want JUSTICE for him.”

Three officers were reportedly suspended and an investigation was opened.

It is believed that Gonzalez and his clubmates stopped at a shop when they were intercepted.

It is still unclear whether the police were in a company vehicle during their action.

The locals took to the streets in protest and vented their anger at the “police who were happy to be released”.

Gonzales’ mother, Cintia Lopez, told local radio station La Voz: “After Lucas and his teammates left training, they stopped to buy drinks and a car with four police officers pulled up.

“One of the boy’s fathers told me that the officers thought they were being attacked. The situation escalated and the police shot my son.

“You ruined my life and I want those responsible to pay the price for it.”

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