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British captain of Chris Gayle Academy 'shot in Trinidad'

TRAGIC: Young cricketer Adrian St John

A YOUNG aspiring British cricketer has died after reportedly being shot by robbers while on holiday in Trinidad.

Adrian St John, 22, who was the captain for the Chris Gayle Academy in London, is understood to have died on Sunday (Apr 10).

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

The Foreign Office said it was in contact with authorities in Trinidad following the death of a UK national, the BBC reported.

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."

Local media reports suggested St John was attacked after he had stopped his car to pick up two friends, and was shot as he drove away after they had been robbed.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Leandra Alexander, St John’s cousin, said he had been in Trinidad since the island’s annual carnival in February.

She 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."

St John was a University of Hertfordshire graduate where he studied history and philosophy. He is believed to have British and Trinidadian dual nationality.

Donovan Miller, programme manager for the Chris Gayle Foundation, 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 said St John was one of the first members of the Chris Gayle Academy in London, adding: "He wanted me to support him to go to the Caribbean and to kind of push hard with his cricket."

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