Alex Quiñónez Death – Olympic sprinter shot and killed in Ecuador
Alex Quiñónez Death – Obituary : Authorities say an Ecuadorian sprinter identified as Alex Quiñónez was shot dead in the port city of Guayaquil Friday.
the 32-year-old Quiñónez became a national hero in 2012 when he reached the 200 metres final at the London Games, finishing seventh in a race won by Usain Bolt.
The athlete was fatally shot on a street in the north-west section of the city at about 9:20pm on Friday.
No arrest has been confirmed carried out.
President Guillermo Lasso vowed in a statement on Saturday that the slaying “will not go unpunished”.
It said the circumstances of his death “have not yet been clarified”.
Quiñónez won bronze in the 200 at the 2019 world championship in Doha.
Andrea Sotomayor, the secretary-general 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 formerly 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,” Sotomayor said.
This month, President Lasso decreed a state of emergency to confront drug trafficking and other crimes in Ecuador, saying the military and police will take to the streets to provide security.