‘He Was One of the Good Ones’: Track Coach Grieves Slain Athlete
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The former coach of Shavez Hart, the man killed on Saturday night in Abaco, remembers him for his smile and personality.
Coach Blaine Wiley took to social media to recall the memories he shared with Hart, affectionately known as “Sharpie” whom he coached at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas.
“Sharpie was one of the good ones. He had an impact on everyone he met. When I missed the first meet of the season in 2012 for a medical procedure, he looked at me and said, ‘Don’t worry coach. I got you.’”
Hart, 30, was shot and killed in the early morning hours in Mount Hope, North Abaco, outside of a bar when he attempted to pacify a fight, involving a friend.
One man in the fight left and returned with a gun, shooting Hart in the chest.
Hart was an Olympian and World Champion with a specialty in the 100m and 200m races.
Whiley said Hart was his first 100m national champion.
“I am thankful for the time I spent with him.”
The Bahamas Olympian Committee described him as a “formidable competitor” and “the third fastest Bahamian sprinter of all time over the 100m and the fourth fastest over 200m.”
Hart was killed three days shy of his birthday.
The Texas A&M University graduate worked in construction and helped to train upcoming athletes.
His mother, Sharmaine Hart said she remembers him for his “quiet and humble” spirit.
The police arrested the suspect in the case.
Hart left behind a 14-month-old son.