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British Cricketer Adrian St John Reportedly Shot Dead in Trinidad

According to local media, St John was shot and killed in an armed robbery in the town of San Juan

An aspiring British cricketer has been shot dead in an armed robbery while on holiday in the Caribbean, according to reports.

Adrian St John, 22, was apparently killed after stopping his car to pick up a friend in the town of San Juan. The Trinidad and Tobago Guardian report that he was targeted by two gunmen, who stole cash and his mobile phone. After ordering him to drive off, one of the robbers then opened fire on the car and shot him in the head.


One of his passengers steered the car to a main road and managed to flag down a police vehicle, which transported St John to the nearby Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex. He died there shortly afterwards.

St John was the captain of the Chris Gayle Academy, a London cricket school established by the West Indian all rounder. Gayle has since tweeted his condolences to the youngster's family.

Such sad news to hear. My condolences to his family & friends. Adrian St John was the captain of the academy. #Sigh
— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) April 11, 2016

Donovan Miller, a coach and mentor with the Chris Gayle Foundation, has said: "I'm really finding it hard to come to terms with it, how someone could do something like that to such a lovely person.

"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."

The cowards who took his life over a mobile,we will be doing everything in our powers to help bring them to justice
— Donovan Miller (@Doncricket2004) April 11, 2016

St John was one of the first members of the Chris Gayle Academy, but also played for Oxted and Limpsfield Cricket Club (OLCC) in Surrey and Alleyn Cricket Club in south London. His cousin, Leandra Alexander, has said: "Adrian was very cool and jolly. He was a darling.

"He was never rude, never disrespectful, he was just a cool and quiet child."

Adrian St John, who played for us 85 times from 2009 to 2014, has been murdered in Trinidad. We're devastated.
— Alleyn Cricket Club (@alleyncc) April 11, 2016

A 24-year-old suspect has apparently been held over the murder.