Two-time Mexican world team member Jaime Romero, 22, is being mourned following his shocking murder in Guadalajara on Saturday. Pictured: Romero, second from left, with the Mexican team at the 2014 World Championships
Two-time Mexican world team member Jaime Romero is being mourned following his shocking murder Saturday on the streets of Guadalajara, Jalisco. The gymnast was 22.
Romero was shot and killed along with a friend, Raúl Trejo Santos, 23. Witnesses report that the two friends became involved in an argument in the early morning hours with a group of men, who shot them and fled in two vehicles, the police stated.
The Mexican Gymnastics Federation (FMG) and the Mexican Olympic Committee were among those that issued public condolences.
"The FMG and the gymnastics community mourn the loss of special gymnast Jaime Romero. Our deepest condolences to his family," the Mexican federation wrote.
Romero was a member of the Mexican team that placed a record 23rd at the 2014 World Championships in Nanning. That ranking helped the Mexican men advance a full team to this year's world championships in Glasgow. He also competed several events at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp.
Last May, at Mexico's National Olympiad, Romero won the gold on vault, the silver on pommel horse and the bronze medal on high bar.
In 2009 and 2010, he had trained under national team coach Óscar Aguirre in Ensenada, Baja California.
"He lived his best in those competitions, in which he showed the attitude and dedication that led him to overcome any technical issues he might encounter," Aguirre said.
Aguirre, who coaches world medalist Daniel Corral, said they canceled practice Saturday after hearing the tragic news. He said he planned to fly to Guadalajara to give personal condolences to the Romero family.
His father, also named Jaime, is the coach of the boys team in Jalisco. His mother, Aida Morán Romero, said the family's devastating grief was compounded because they only learned of his death via social media.
Morán Romero, who said her son had gone to a friend's birthday celebration, criticized the local police for failing to immediately notify the family.
"My son, a responsible young man, always carried his identification with his number and our information," she told a newspaper. "The authorities never told us anything, and unfortunately we found out when my daughter saw it online. It's not fair that a sister, a mother, a father, should find out about the death of their son this way."
Romero had been training for the two big competitions in 2015: worlds in Glasgow and the Pan American Games in Toronto.
"He was a healthy boy with dreams, who always sought a better Mexico and to find it through sport," his mother said.