Olympic sprinter, Shavez Hart shot dead after trying to separate a fight between two individuals outside a nightclub just four days before his 30th birthday

Shavez Hart, an Olympic sprinter from the Bahamas, reportedly tried to break up a dispute outside a nightclub around 2 in the morning when he was fatally shot.

According to Mail Online, in the wee hours of Saturday, September 4, in the parking lot of a nightclub in Mount Hope on the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas, Hart, 29, was slain while attempting to break up a brawl between several individuals.

One of the guys involved in the argument is said to have left the parking lot, pulled a gun out of his car, and then shot Hart in the chest.

Hart, who had a wife and son and had participated in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later declared dead.

He would have turned 30 today Tuesday, September 2022. 

A suspect was later arrested and taken into police custody, according to local media.

Hart’s mother, Shammaine Hart, told the Nassau Guardian: ‘He was such a good son – very quiet and always helpful. He did a lot of work in the community and was always trying to give back. I will certainly miss him.’  

The country’s prime minister, Philip Brave Davis, paid tribute to Hart and said the Bahamas is ‘blessed to have a great athlete to carry our flag around the world’.

Davis said on Twitter: ‘On behalf of my family and the people of the Bahamas, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of Shavez Hart. 

‘As a country we are blessed to have a great athlete to carry our flag around the world. Ann and I will keep the Shavez family in our thoughts and prayers.’

The Bahamian sports minister Mario Bowleg said; ‘It is with great sadness that I express my heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Olympian Shavez Hart!’

Hart was an eight-time Bahamian champion in 100 metre and 200 metre sprints. 

He qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a time of 10.10 seconds in the 100m sprint, a personal best that meant he became the third fastest Bahamanian of all time.

Hart had earlier attended the Texas A&M University where he competed in track events. He also competed in the 2013 CAC Championships and won the gold medal in the 4x100m relay in Morelia, Mexico.  

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