The Hague – Dutch footballer and former Ajax youth Jergé Hoefdraad died on Tuesday in an Amsterdam hospital after being shot in the head during a party last Sunday, police confirmed in a statement.
Witness statements and collaboration with Belgian authorities have led to the arrest of a 34-year-old suspect in a Belgian town near the border with the Netherlands, police added.
Controversy regarding confirmation of death
According to the Dutch press, Hoefdraad was shot when he tried to mediate a fight during a party, in the early hours of Saturday to Sunday and was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.
The confirmation of his death comes after a great controversy, as the Netherlands media, citing police sources, reported on Monday the death of the footballer while he was still in critical condition.
Former Dutch international Ryan Babel, who coincided with Hoefdraad at Ajax, was one of the first to express his condolences through social networks, in which he published a black and white photo of the victim with the text “Life is short. RIP ”.
Hoefdraad, 35, was trained in the ranks of Ajax and then went through various Dutch clubs, such as RKC Waalwijk, Telstar, Almere City and SC Cambuur, with whom he played in the first division. He was currently a member of the Volewijckers, an amateur club.