Violence has hit fútbol once again in devastating fashion, this time taking the life of 26-year-old Argentine defender Rodrigo “Rulo” Espíndola.

Espíndola was killed in front of his home late last night, hit by a bullet to the chest in an effort to stop two men from attempting to enter his house – where his wife and six-month-old baby were residing – and rob his family.

It’s events like this that put everything into perspective.

Espíndola played for Chacarita Juniors and Racing Club before making a move to Club Atlético Nueva Chicago in Argentina’s Primera B Nacional (second division soccer) in 2014. Daniel Ferreiro – vice president of the Mataderos club – published messages of support on the club’s official outlets.

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 11.05.22 AM