November 30, 2021

Ecuador Olympic sprinter Alex Quinonez fatally shot in Guayaquil

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador — Ecuadorian sprinter Alex Quiñónez was fatally shot in the port metropolis of Guayaquil, police stated Saturday.

Quiñónez, who was 32, grew to become a nationwide hero in 2012 when he reached the 200 meter remaining on the London Video games, ending seventh in a race gained by Usain Bolt.

Guayaquil-based newspaper El Universo reported that Quiñónez was fatally shot on a road in the northwest part of the town round 9:20 p.m. Friday and that one other man was additionally killed.

There have been no rapid report of arrests.

Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso vowed in a press release on Saturday that the slaying “will not go unpunished.”

Quiñónez’s demise was additionally confirmed by the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee Olympic Committee in a press release on Saturday. It stated the circumstances of his demise “have not yet been clarified.”

Quiñónez gained bronze in the 200 on the 2019 world championship in Doha.

Andrea Sotomayor, the secretary normal of the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee, expressed her sorrow and outrage on Twitter, decrying “so much evil.”

“I don’t have words to express the sadness, helplessness and indignation that is overwhelming me,” wrote Sotomayor, who was previously Minister of Sport. “Álex Quiñónez was the synonym of humility and a clear example of resilience. His loss leaves us with pain in our chests.”

Guayaquil and different elements of Ecuador have been battling excessive ranges of crime. This month, Lasso decreed a state of emergency to confront drug trafficking and different crimes in Ecuador, saying the army and police will take to the streets to offer safety.

This 12 months, there have been revolts in the nation’s prisons as a consequence of drug violence, particularly in Guayaquil, which have ended in massacres by inmates of rival gangs linked to Mexican drug cartels. About 230 individuals have been killed in these compounds.