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Police searching for motive behind Marc Batchelor's murder

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FILE Marc Batchelor outside the High Court in Pretoria ahead of Oscar Pistorius's sentencing on 14 October 2014

The former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates striker was driving his auto on Monday night, July 15, when he was shot several times, police confirmed.

Local media reported that he was shot by the gunmen who were on motorbikes in Bryanston, Johannesburg on Monday evening.

"I am shocked to learn about the passing of former Kaizer Chiefs player Marc Batchelor", Motaung said in a club statement.

"Yes, he was shot this evening by two men on a motorbike", Dlamini told Soccer Laduma. The suspects drove away without taking anything.

Batchelor's career saw him playing for both the Chiefs and the Orlando Pirates, starting his career in the United States of America back in 1990. The striker began his career in the US in 1990 before returning to Wits two years later.

"He died in his vehicle and nothing was taken".

South Africa has one of the highest rates of gun deaths in the world, with 23 people shot and killed per day on average.

He previously claimed that fellow South African athlete Oscar Pistorius threatened to break his legs in a bust up over a woman.

Batchelor also had close ties with Mikey Schulz, the man who confessed to killing mining magnate Brett Kebble in 2005.

Gauteng police spokesperson, Lungelo Dlamini, says it is unclear at this stage what led to the murder.

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