Shavez Hart, a well-known Bahamian Olympic sprinter, was shot outside a nightclub on Saturday, September 3, 2022. The incident occurred when Hart was trying to stop a group of men from fighting outside the nightclub in Mount Hope on the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas.
Keep reading this article to learn more about the shooting incident, Shavez Hart’s personal details, career accomplishments, and more!
Is Shavez Hart dead?
Shavez Hart was pronounced dead after reaching the Marsh Harbor Clinic, Bahamas. The Bahamian Olympic sprinter was just 29-years-old at the time of his death and was going to turn 30 very soon.
More about the Incident
Shavez was trying to break up a fight between a group of men after an argument in the parking lot of a nightclub in Mount Hope, North Abaco at around 2 a.m. on Saturday, September 3.
According to the reports, one of the men involved in the altercation left the place to return with a gun, and he allegedly shot Hart in the chest. Shavez was pronounced dead after being transported to the Marsh Harbor Clinic.
Who shot the Olympic sprinter in the Bahamas? Here is what we know till now!
The investigation into the Shavez Hart murder incident is still ongoing, but the police authorities have arrested a suspect in connection to the murder case amid the investigation.
More about Shavez Hart
The Bahamian track and field sprinter, Shavez Hart, was born on September 6, 1992, in the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas. He was a graduate of St. Georges High School in Freeport, Bahamas and also attended Texas A&M University, where he participated in various track events.
Shavez Hart was an eight-time National sprint champion in the Bahamas. His career accomplishments include four wins in both the 100m and 400 meters, and medals in tournaments including the CAC and Pan-Am Under-2 Championships. Hart was a part of the 4 x 100 relay team that won the gold in 2015 at the NCAA Indoor Championship in Morelia, Mexico. He also won the 100-meter competition at the 2015 SEC Outdoor Championships.
Hart qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil with a personal best time of 10.10 seconds in the 100m sprint. This record timing also made him the third fastest Bahamian of all time. He was also a part of the Bahamian team that won the silver medal in the 4×400 relay race for the Bahamas at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Ore., in 2016.
Tributes Pour in for Hart
Following Hart’s passing, the Bahamas Olympic Committee issued an official statement stating, “The Olympic family is saddened to learn about the sudden passing of Shavez Hart, a proud native of Abaco. He was always very humble, yet proud and determined to offer his very best for the sake of the country.”
Hart’s former coach from Texas A&M, Pat Henry, said he was heartbroken over the loss. He said, “This is so tragic. Shavez was of course one of our finest athletes ever, but he was one of the kindest people I met, and also a very soft-spoken man.”
The PM Pays Tribute to Hart
Philip Brave Davis, the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, addressed the shooting and sent his condolences to Shavez Hart through his Twitter handle.
“On behalf of my family and the people of The Bahamas, I extend my heartfelt condolences to Shavez Hart’s family. As a country, we’ve been blessed to have had an amazing athlete to carry our flag worldwide. Ann and I will keep his family in our thoughts and prayers,” he tweeted.
Shavez Hart was able to make his countrymen proud at numerous occasions, and his legacy will remain alive forever. We hope justice will be served very soon and the criminals will be punished. We send our deepest condolences to Hart’s family, friends, and all loved ones. May God let him rest easy in grace and love.