Olympic weightlifter shot dead in Colom­bia

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

An Olympic weightlifter has been bru­tally shot and killed by a cold-blooded stranger af­ter an ar­gu­ment at a Colom­bian bar.

Edwin Mos­quera Roa, 32, who com­peted in the Rio 2016 Games, was shot in the head and in the knee in Palmira in the south west of the coun­try, re­ports lo­cal me­dia.

Re­ports claim the killer had left a night­club with his part­ner be­fore ex­chang­ing words with the elite ath­lete at a bar, The Sun re­ports. Mos­quera Roa is not be­lieved to have known the un­named shooter.

The govern­ment of Palmira has of­fered a re­ward of around $4415 for in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the bru­tal mur­der.

The Colom­bian Fed­er­a­tion for the Lift­ing of Weights paid tribute to Mos­quera on Twit­ter.

The post read: “The lift­ing of weights is in mourn­ing Edwin Mos­quera, out­stand­ing ath­lete who rep­re­sented Colom­bia in the past Olympic Games Rio 2016, passed away yes­ter­day, and our deep­est con­do­lences to his fam­ily and friends.”

Mos­quera Roa, born in Chocó in north west Colom­bia, placed sev­enth in the 69 kilo­grams of last year’s Olympic Games.

He was also a pro­fes­sional sol­dier serv­ing 14 years in the Bat­tal­ion of En­gi­neers Agustín Co­dazzi of Palmira.

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