Alex Quiónez, an Ecuadorian sprinter, was killed in his home country. The 32-year-old, who finished third in the 200m at the World Athletics Championships in Doha two years ago, was reportedly shot and killed with another unidentified individual outside a shopping center in the port city of Guayaquil on Friday night.
The Ecuadorian sports ministry announced the news in a statement on its Twitter feed, saying: “Today we lost a great athlete, a person who made us dream, who made us excited. The National Police are at the scene and the authorities are conducting the corresponding investigations. He will forever remain in the hearts of all Ecuadorians.
It later added: “Thank you for having invited us to dream big and for the infinite joys that you gave us, you leave a great legacy in Ecuadorian athletics.”
On Sunday, the Folke Anderson football stadium in Esmeraldas will host a burning chapel to receive Quiñónez’s coffin.
source : guardian sport