Quiñónez, Ecuador’s world champion medalist, was killed outside a shopping mall in Guayaquil Friday night.
Alex Quinónez, a sprint world champion from Ecuador, was shot dead outside a mall in Guayaquil, according to a report on Friday night The guard.
Another person was killed in the shootout that felled the 32-year-old bronze medalist.
The Ecuadorian Ministry of Sports reportedly shared the tragic news on Twitter, writing: “Today we lost a great athlete, a person who made us dream, who made us excited. The state police are on site and the authorities are conducting appropriate investigations. He will forever remain in the hearts of all Ecuadorians. “
In a tribute to Quiñónez that they later published, officials wrote, “Thank you for inviting us to dream big and for the endless joys you have given us, you leave a great legacy in Ecuadorian athletics. “
On Sunday, a traditional “burning chapel” was held at the Folke Anderson football stadium in Esmeraldas to receive Quiñónez’s coffin.
On Twitter, President of Ecuador Guillermo Lasso issued a declaration of mourning.
“We very much regret the painful loss of Alex Quiñónez, father, son, a great sprinter who shaped the sport,” Lasso tweeted. “Our condolences to all your loved ones. Rest in peace. Those who kill Ecuadorians will not go unpunished. We will act vigorously. “
Quiñónez was the first Ecuadorian athlete to win a world medal in an athletics event. between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., 90 days in advance, for testing outside of competitions.
Quiñónez is the second world champion track star to be killed within a few weeks. As previously reported, Kenyan long-distance runner Agnes Tirol was killed earlier this month, and her husband, Ibrahim Rotich, was arrested 10 days ago for her murder.
Rotich was arrested after his vehicle hit a truck in a police chase and escaped a first attempt by officers to arrest him about 285 miles from Mombasa, Kenya. He was finally arrested hours later.
Tirop’s funeral was reportedly the day Quiñónez was assassinated.
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Post-Olympic sprinter Alex Quiñónez, who was shot dead in Ecuador at the age of 32, first appeared on TheGrio.