Friday 30 September 2016

British cricketer (22) shot dead in armed robbery in the Caribbean

Ryan Wilkinson

Published 12/04/2016 | 07:44

Screengrab taken from the Twitter feed of @henrygale of British cricketer Adrian St John, who has been shot dead in an apparent armed robbery while on holiday in the Caribbean, according to reports.
Screengrab taken from the Twitter feed of @henrygale of British cricketer Adrian St John, who has been shot dead in an apparent armed robbery while on holiday in the Caribbean, according to reports.

A promising young British cricketer has been shot dead in an apparent armed robbery while on holiday in the Caribbean, according to reports.

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Adrian St John, 22, is understood to have died in Trinidad on Sunday night.

West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle tweeted: "Such sad news to hear. My condolences to his family & friends. Adrian St John was the captain of the academy. #Sigh"

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are in contact with authorities following the death of a British national in Trinidad and are ready to provide consular assistance."

Donovan Miller, a coach and mentor to Mr St John, told the Press Association: "I'm still in shock."

He added: "I'm really finding it hard to come to terms with it, how someone could do something like that to such a lovely person."

Mr Miller said Mr St John was one of the first members of the Chris Gayle Academy in London, a programme for keen cricketers which also aims to develop life skills.

"He wanted me to support him to go to the Caribbean and to kind of push hard with his cricket. He's just finished his degree at university which we kind of supported him through as well," he said.

Mr Miller said he received a phone call from one of the Academy members on Monday who broke the news to him, adding that he also spoke to a "close family friend".

He said one of the first people he rang was Gayle, who he said knew Mr St John "quite well".

Mr Miller said he understood, from news reports, that it was a robbery involving two gunmen who took his phone and cash.

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