Ecuadorian Sprinter Alex Quiñónez Shot Dead

Gunmen fatally shot Ecuadorian Olympic sprinter Alex Quiñónez on Oct. 22 evening amid a nationwide state of emergency due to a wave of violent crime.

The Ecuadorian Sports Ministry announced on Twitter that Quiñónez has been killed outside a shopping center in the city of Guayaquil.

The ministry described him as “the greatest sprinter this country produced.”

Local newspaper El Universo reported that video surveillance cameras captured the killing and that police officers are working to identify the attackers.

“The videos from the cameras have been taken by special units in order to verify and have more clarity of the facts,” Florida District Head Geovanny Naranjo said.

El Universo also reported that Quiñónez was with musician Christopher Arcalla Ramírez when they were both shot to death.

The motive for the killings has yet to be made clear.

The Sports Ministry said in a separate statement that they “demand justice so that the death of one of the most outstanding athletes in Ecuadorian athletics does not go unpunished.”

Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso also expressed his condolences on Twitter and assured that “those who take the lives of Ecuadorians will not go unpunished. We will act forcefully.”

Quiñónez became the first Ecuadorian athlete to win a global medal in a track event after winning bronze in the 200-meter race at the 2019 World Athletics Championship in Doha, according to World Athletics.

Quiñónez also won the 200-meter title in the Lima 2019 Pan American Games and held national records at every sprint distance.

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