Olympics and World Championship sprinter Shavez Hart breathed his last on Saturday after being shot outside of a Bahamas nightclub over the weekend. As per reports, the 29-year-old was trying to split a fight while one of the men shot him in the chest.
Shavez Hart was the third fastest Bahamian 100-meter dash sprinter
According to TMZ Sports, the shooting took place at roughly 2 a.m. last Saturday in the parking lot of a nightclub in the Bahamas. The incident occurred in Mount Hope, North Abaco.
The Law enforcement officers reported that a group of males got into an argument in the parking lot when one man with an open gun fired and hit in the chest of Shavez Hart. Hart was transported to the Marsh Harbour Clinic where he was declared dead. On Tuesday, he would have turned 30.
Hart was famed for excelling in the 100-meter dash and became the third fastest Bahamian sprinter in the category in history. In the 4×400 meter relay at the 2016 Indoor World Championships, Hart clinched the silver medal and also bagged a gold medal in the same event at the 2013 CAC Championships, and he also competed in the 100 and 200-meter dash at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Sad day for the Bahamian sporting community. Bahamian Olympic sprinter Shavez Hart was shot and killed overnight in Abaco.
Hart had a decorated career that included being apart of the Bahamas’ silver medal winning team at the 2016 World Indoor Championships. pic.twitter.com/wDCGfQDgYS
— Amajahl Knowles (@3AM__MO) September 3, 2022
“This is so tragic. Shavez Hart was of course one of our finest athletes ever, but he was one of the kindest people I have met, and such a soft-spoken man,” said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “Words can’t describe the loss that the Aggie track & field family is feeling. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
From 2013 to 2015, Hart competed for Texas A&M and concluded his career as a 10-time All-American. At the NCAA Indoor Championships Hart won a gold medal finishing first in the 4×400-meter relay in 2015.
As per The Nassau Guardian, Minister of Youth Sports, and Culture Mario Bowleg said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that I join in the sporting fraternity in expressing heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Shavez Hart, Olympian…. The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture also extends heartfelt condolences to the executive branch of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA), all other members of the organization, and persons within the sporting community.”
“As minister, I pray for healing and comfort for the family of the bereaved during this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace.”