A 2016 Olympic sprinter from the Bahamas, Shavez Hart, was shot dead while attempting to break up a fight outside a nightclub. He was 29.
According to the Royal Bahamas Police report, the fatal incident happened in Mount Hope on Saturday at around 2am. A group of guys got into an argument; and one of them went to his car, took a revolver, and fired, shooting Hart in the chest.
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. He was 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 best of himself for the sake of country.”
Hart won a gold medal for the Bahamas in the 4×100 relay at the 2013 Central American and Caribbean Championships. He also won silver in the 4×400 relay at the 2016 World Indoor Championships.
For Texas A&M University, Hart was a good sprinter as well. He was a 10-time All-American who represented the Aggies on the 4×400 relay team. They secured the gold medal 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.”