Former Barcelona academy ace Carter Payne was tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident aged just 21.
The youngster’s death has been confirmed by club Tormenta FC after he was struck while driving a lime scooter over the weekend.
Defense attorney Payne, who was previously on the books at Barcelona Residency Academy in Casa Grande, Arizona, sadly succumbed to his injuries at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah.
The driver of the vehicle fled the scene, and the Georgian police are now investigating the matter.
Announcing the devastating news on Sunday, a Tormenta statement read: “South Georgia Tormenta FC is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Tormenta FC 2 defender Carter David Payne.
“As a member of Tormenta FC 2’s 2022 USL League Two team, Payne was a great athlete, teammate and friend and he will be sorely missed by everyone involved at the club.
“Carter was hospitalized at Memorial Health: Southeast Georgia Hospital after being involved in a vehicle and pedestrian accident in Statesboro, Georgia.
“Carter’s family, friends and the entire Tormenta Nation mourn today.”
Barcelona Residency Academy Arizona also expressed their condolences as they tweeted: “We are devastated by the tragic loss of one of our own, Barca graduates, Carter Payne.
Carter was an exceptional brother, teammate and gym student who we will miss dearly.
“We send our love and support to Carter’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”
The University of Michigan men’s soccer team was also quick to pay tribute to their former student.
she said: “We are devastated to confirm the tragic loss of Carter Payne. We mourn the loss of our brother, teammate and exceptional student-athlete.
“We extend our hearts and love to his family at this extremely tragic time.”
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