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Fri Nov 19, 2021, 02:44 PM

Argentine youth soccer player Lucas Gonzalez shot, killed by police

Argentine football is in mourning after the death of Barracas Central youth player Lucas González following a city police shooting.

Gonzalez, 17, was shot in the southside Buenos Aires district of Barracas by police on Wednesday while he was in the car with three other colleagues returning home from training.

According to González's family, police dressed in civilian clothing intercepted González and his friends after they had stopped at a shop. Witnesses reported seeing the police fire from an unmarked vehicle.

Shot in the head and brain dead, he died in an ICU bed the following day.

Three policemen have been suspended and an investigation has been launched - though in an unexpected turn, Judge Alejandro Cilleruelo, who barred the officers from leaving the country, recused himself.

One of the three officers, Gabriel Isassi, had taken part in a foiled 2016 espionage mission in remote Santa Cruz Province allegedly ordered by then-President Mauricio Macri against his predecessor and political rival - current Vice President Cristina Kirchner.

At: https://www.espn.com/soccer/barracas-central/story/4524572/argentine-youth-player-lucas-gonzalez-shotkilled-by-police

Argentine youth soccer player Lucas González, 17, who was shot dead by plainclothes Buenos Aires police from an unmarked vehicle.

Earlier declarations from police that González and his friends "fired" from their vehicle were disproven by a security camera, witnesses, and ballistics showing the bullets were all fired by police.

The Buenos Aires Metropolitan Police has faced 121 "hair-trigger" wrongful death cases over the past five years.

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