Sections of Jamaica’s track and field fraternity are in mourning following the brutal killing of a young quarter-miler by gunmen early Tuesday morning.

At approximately 12:30 am Tuesday, 25-year-old Kavon Nelson was shot dead by gunmen who invaded his home at MacVille Terrace in Kingston. Police said he was shot several times and pronounced dead at hospital.

Nelson was a former student of Calabar High School and was a member of the Akan Track Club at the time of his death. News of his death was hard to take by his training partner, world championship medallist, Javon Francis.

“RIP to my best friend, otherwise my training partner,” Francis posted on his Facebook page Tuesday morning. “I never know this day would come. You are a brother to me and someone who love and care but I just want to say I love you from the bottom of my heart you will still be in my heart bro.”

Nelson did not attain the heights of international representation attained by Francis but he did represent Jamaica at the NACAC Under 23 Championships in 2014.

“It’s shocking that one of our upcoming quartermilers has gone, one of our national representatives,” Akan Coach Michael Clarke said.

“It’s really sad. I am saddened by the news.”

Source: Leighton Levy