An aspiring young British cricketer has been shot and killed in an apparent armed robbery in Trinidad.
According to reports, Adrian St John, who was on holiday on the island, was killed on Sunday night.
The 22-year-old, who worked as a recruitment consultant in London and was a Level 2 cricket coach, had stopped his car to pick up the daughter of a female passenger when they were confronted by two men.
After robbing the young cricketer he was ordered to drive off but one of the attackers opened fire, hitting him in the head, according to a report in the Trinidad Guardian.
One of the women flagged down a passing police car which took Mr St John to a nearby medical centre where he died shortly after.
A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
West Indies star Chris Gayle reacted to the news on Twitter: “Such sad news to hear. My condolences to his family & friends.”
He said Mr St John was the captain of his academy side.
One of his friends, Tommy Smith, said: “In utter shock to hear that one of my good friends Adrian has passed away. One of the funniest and nicest people.”
“It was absolute pleasure to play with you pal, gone but never forgotten. Rest in peace Adrian St John.”
Alleyn Cricket Club, which Mr St John has played for, write on Twitter: “Adrian St John, who played for us 85 times from 2009 to 2014, has been murdered in Trinidad. We’re devastated.”
Mr St John’s cousin, Leandra Alexander, said the cricketer came to Trinidad & Tobago in February for the country’s annual carnival and enjoyed his visit so much he extended his stay but was scheduled to return to the UK next Tuesday.
“Adrian was very cool and jolly,” she said. “He was a darling. He was never rude, never disrespectful, he was just a cool and quiet child.”
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We are in contact with local authorities following the death of a British national in Trinidad and are ready to provide consular assistance.”