Olympic weightlifter shot dead in Colombia
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.