ISTANBUL - A Pınar Karşıyaka fan was killed in a row at a gas station in Balıkesir on Sunday.
A group of Pınar Karşıyaka fans, who were traveling to Balıkesir to watch the Beko Basketball League game at Banvitspor, stopped by a gas station and then started an argument with the station’s owner, the Anatolia news agency reported. As the argument became serious, the owner retrieved a shotgun and killed 21-year-old Özgür Soylu.
"We are very sorry to have learned that our fan Özgür Soylu died," Karşıyaka chairman Akif Ersezgin said in a statement.
Karşıyaka Fans’ Association Chairman Okan Kırmacı also issued a statement of condolence.
"It is a painful loss for us," said Kırmacı, who asserted that the events’ timeline was different to first told.
"We want everybody to know that the trouble at the gas station happened after the murder. After Soylu’s murder, our friends attacked the gas station."
In memory of Soylu
Kırmacı said that the fans would sing chants in memory of Soylu in Karşıyaka’s football team’s League One game against Diyarbakırspor, which was scheduled to be played later Monday. Meanwhile, Karşıyaka’s bitter archrival Göztepe issued a statement for the slain fan.
"We are very sorry that a Karşıyaka fan was killed in a fight," said the club chairman Gürsel Kuru. "Nothing is more important than a human’s life."
"We heard about the news after Göztepe’s Nazilli game, and we were utterly shocked," said Kuru. "We called dear Karşıyaka chairman Akif Ersezgin and were informed. We are shaken with the loss of a 21-year-old and are sorry for his family, and Karşıyaka community."