Shavez Hart, a Bahamian sprinter who represented the country in the 2016 Olympics, was shot and killed trying to break up a fight outside a Bahamas nightclub. He was 29.
The deadly incident occurred in Mount Hope on Saturday at around 2 a.m. local time when a group of men got into an argument and one of them went to his car, grabbed a gun and fired, striking Hart in the chest, TMZ Sports reported, citing a Royal Bahamas Police report.
He was transported to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
“The Olympic family is saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Shavez Hart, a proud native of Abaco,” the Bahamas Olympic Committee said in a statement. “He was always very humble, yet proud and determined to offer the very best of himself for the sake of country.”
For the Bahamas, Hart won a gold medal in the 4×100 relay at the Central American and Caribbean Championships in 2013. He also picked up a silver in the 4×400 relay in the 2016 World Indoor Championships.
Hart was also a sprinter star for Texas A&M University. He was a 10-time All-American and won a gold medal as a member of the Aggies’ 4×400 relay team at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships.
“This is so tragic. Shavez Hart was of course one of our finest athletes ever, but he was one of the kindest people I have met, and such a soft-spoken man,” Texas A&M coach Pat Henry said in a news release. “Words can’t describe the loss that the Aggie track & field family is feeling. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
According to TMZ, police arrested a suspect in the shooting and an investigation was still ongoing.