A young Fijian athlete shot dead in the United States was 'living his dream', says the country's prime minister.
Roy Ravana Jnr, a 21-year-old runner and Pacific Games bronze medallist, was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Sacramento on Monday.
The former Marist Brothers High School student, who studied at the Iowa Community College, had been named in Fiji's squad for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has expressed his shock and sadness at the killing.
"Like all Fijians, I am appalled that Roy - an innocent bystander - should lose his life in this way," he said.
"To have his life cut short when he had so much promise is a terrible tragedy.
"Many people dream of being given an opportunity to pursue success overseas. Roy was living that dream when he died. And many young Fijians, even those who didn't know him personally, will feel a sense of shock and loss at his passing."
The President of Athletics Fiji, Joseph Rodan Snr, has described the death as the saddest day for Fijian athletics.
"This is the sad day for Athletics Fiji losing one of our promising athlete, an athlete who is groomed and developed for Fiji and had a lot of potentials," he told the Fiji Sun.
"Athletics Fiji mourns the loss of our asset and our deepest condolences to the family during this difficult time."
Roy Ravana Snr has confirmed his son was killed as he ran to help another child who had been shot.
CBS News in Sacramento reported that one person was dead and another was injured after the shooting.
The police said one person had been taken into custody near the scene.
The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is investigating the circumstances which led to the shooting.
Lani Takiveikata has told the Fiji Times Roy Ravana Jnr was friends with her sons and had spent the weekend at her home.
"Roy was not part of a gang, he was at the wrong place at the wrong time," she said.
"For those living in the US, we know that during a shooting we take cover by dropping flat on the ground.
"This did not happen with Roy. He ran. And one of the shooters took a fatal aim at him."