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British cricketer robbed, killed in Trinidad capital

AP, Port of Spain

Authorities in Trinidad on Tuesday said they were investigating the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old British citizen who was a promising cricket player.

Police said they are questioning a 24-year-old man detained in the killing of Adrian St John. They said St John was leaving a relative’s home near the capital of Port of Spain on Sunday night when two armed men approached them.

Police said the suspects stole their money and cellphones and told St John to drive away. Officials said one of the suspects then shot at the car and hit St John in the back of his head.

Family members said St John was born in Britain, moved to Trinidad as an infant and returned to Britain when he was seven years old. Relatives said he was scheduled to return to Britain this week and planned to move to Trinidad permanently in January next year.

St John was known as “AJ” and was captain of the Chris Gayle Academy in London. Officials said he graduated with a degree in history and philosophy from Hertfordshire University and was one of the first members of the academy, which helps at-risk youth obtain better education, training and employment.

St John formed part of the UK squad that traveled to Jamaica when officials launched another academy there in 2013.

“AJ developed into a very promising cricketer playing at various club sides in Surrey. He will be deeply missed,” the academy said in a statement. “AJ had such a positive effect on others around him. With that infectious positive energy, he had the ability to make people laugh and smile at will.”

St John also played for the Alleyn Cricket Club between 2009 and 2014, according to the Surrey Country Cricket Club.

“He was clearly a talented cricketer and a very popular guy and everyone at the club was shocked and saddened when we heard this news,” Surrey Cricket Foundation head Paul Taylor said in a statement.

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