Twenty-year-old Gasan Magomedov, a midfielder from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, was shot and killed while at home in the North Caucasus region of Russia. According to the BBC, the area has seen heavy recent violence due to clashes between law enforcement, organized crime and religious extremists.
According to reports, Magomedov was driving home yesterday, when his car was fired on by machine guns. He died from his wounds while being transported to the hospital. No suspects have been named, or possible motives cited. No one has been arrested in connection with his death.
Anzhi Makhachkala — the club that was home to Samuel Eto’o for two years, as well as Christopher Samba and Roberto Carlos — is based in Russia’s Dagestan region yet typically houses its players in Moscow to avoid the ongoing conflicts and general safety concerns. The club’s chief executive Sergey Korablev issued a statement saying, “We grieve together with everyone who was dear to Gasan. I hope the police quickly find the killers and they suffer just punishment.”