Fijian Sprinter Killed In U.S. Shooting Incident

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Ravana was training to compete in Commonwealth Games

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 11, 2014) – The Fijian sporting community is in mourning after athletics representative Roy Ravana Junior was killed in a shooting incident in the United States.

The 20 year-old was in the US on an athletics scholarship at Iowa Central Community College.

Another person was injured in the incident, which took place early on Tuesday morning.

Sacramento Police say two males in their 20s were shot with the sole victim pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Witnesses reported seeing two male suspects fled the scene on bicycles.

[PIR editor’s note: RNZI reported that "Two youths have been arrested in relation to the shooting of Fijian athlete Roy Ravana Junior in Sacramento. ... The 20 year-old, who was in the US on an athletics scholarship, was shot early on Tuesday morning and died later in hospital, while another person who was shot is recovering."]

Ravana Junior had represented Fiji at the World Indoor and Junior World Championships as well as the Mini and Pacific Games.

He was to have competed at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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