It's been a sad news cycle for the esports and gaming communities after reports broke on 25th August that former Gears of War and Fortnite pro, Chris "Xcells" Hill, had been killed. The former professional was only 26 years old at the time of passing, and the story has certainly rocked the aforementioned communities.
Local law enforcement is already conducting an investigation, and it will certainly be a high-profile case followed by many friends, family, and fans alike. Here's everything we know so far surrounding this tragic story in the gaming community.
Chris "Xcells" Hill shot and killed
The former Ex Enigma6 Group player had not competed in a pro setting since the 2019 Fall League Qualifier 5 with Lux Gaming. But on Wednesday, 24th August 2022, it was reported that Hill (26) approached a man at a home along Virgil Goode Highway in Virginia before being shot and killed.
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Police received a call about shots being fired at approximately 9:28 PM on Wednesday night. Authorities said “an encounter occurred” which resulted in Hill being shot and killed. At the time of writing, charges have yet to be filed according to WDBJ7, which cited an official sheriff’s office spokesperson in the report.
Former Gears and Fortnite pro Chris "Xcells" Hill was shot and killed last night after an altercation which is still being investigated.— Jake Lucky (@JakeSucky) August 25, 2022
Rest in Peace pic.twitter.com/xE2QCUgv7D
Esports Community Mourns the Death of Chris "Xcells" Hill
The professional esports and gaming communities are already mourning the loss of one of their own, with many former teammates and competitors chiming in online to offer their condolences.
RIP to a fellow Gear. Our thoughts go out to Chris' friends and family during this difficult time.— Gears of War (@GearsofWar) August 25, 2022
With an ongoing investigation and so many specifics still unknown, it would be wrong to speculate further at this time. So that's everything we know currently surrounding the tragic death of Chris "Xcells" Hill.
We'll be sure to monitor the situation and will update you with any further breaking developments.
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Featured image courtesy of Jake Lucky / Twitter.