Video of the murder of an Ecuadorian athlete, reaction of an Olympic runner

Ecuador’s 200m world championship bronze medalist Alex Quinonez was shot dead in the port city of Guayaquil, authorities said on Saturday evening.

Quinonez, 32, and one other person were found dead around midnight local time on Friday, local police said.

“With great sadness, we confirm the murder of our sportsman Alex Quinonez,” the country’s sports ministry announced on Twitter.

“We lost a great sportsman, someone who allowed us to dream, who moved us … he was the greatest sprinter this country has produced.”

Roberto Ibanez, president of the Guayas Sports Federation, tweeted: “My heart is totally broken, I can’t find words to describe the emptiness I feel.

Ecuador’s Alex Quinonez celebrates bronze in the men’s 200-meter final on day five of the 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Doha 2019. Photo by Alexander Hassenstein / Getty Images for IAAF.Source: Getty Images

“I can’t believe it, how long are we going to continue to experience so much evil and insecurity!”

“Rest in peace dear Alex, I will miss you all my life.”

Quinonez – who was suspended ahead of the Tokyo Olympics because of a “failure to meet his whereabouts” obligations regarding standardized anti-doping practices – has also been hailed by Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso.

“We offer our deepest condolences to his family,” he tweeted. “May he rest in peace. Those who take the lives of Ecuadorians will not go unpunished.

“We will act with force. ”

The Ecuadorian Olympic Committee has said that Quinonez’s death “leaves us with deep sorrow” and that his “legacy will remain in our hearts forever.”

Ecuador Alex Quinonez. Photo by MUSTAFA ABUMUNES / AFP.Source: AFP

He became a national hero in 2012 when he reached the 200m final at the London Olympics.

Local newspaper El Universo reported that security footage from the incident showed a white car pulling up beside a group of people before two men exited the vehicle and began shooting at the group.

The Daily Mirror described the murders as an “assassination”.

Violence has increased dramatically in Ecuador in recent months. Between January and October of this year, the country recorded nearly 1,900 homicides, up from around 1,400 in 2020, according to the government.

Lasso declared a state of emergency on Monday in the country struggling with an upsurge in drug-related violence, and ordered the mobilization of police and military in the streets.

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