Olympic sprinter Alex Quinonez has been killed in his home city of Guayaquil.
The death was confirmed by Roberto Ibáñez, president of the Guayas Sports Federation, through his social media account twitter.
“My heart is totally shattered, I can’t find words to describe the emptiness I feel,” said Ibáñez.
“Rest in peace dear Alex, I will miss you all my life.”
The Ecuador Olympic Committee would his passing also.
According to reports Quinonez, 32, was shot dead by unknown persons on Friday alongside a friend, outside a shopping centre in Colinas de la Florida, in Guayaquil. A police investigation into the tragedy is currently ongoing.
The Ecuadorian sprinter competed in 100m and 200m.
Con un dolor que parte el alma, confirmamos el fallecimiento de nuestro atleta olímpico… Paz en su tumba… pic.twitter.com/W7LYYRPF9z
— Comite_Olimpico_Ecu (@ECUADORolimpico) October 23, 2021
At the London 2012 Olympics, he clocked a national record of 20.28 seconds in the heats and went on to finish seventh in the final.
Quinonez won broze at the 2019 World Championships in Qatar, behind Noah Lyles of the United States, and Andre De Grasse of Canada.