Athlete from Fiji killed in Northern California

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Updated: Fri, 13 Jun 2014 01:15:12 EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A runner from Fiji was shot and killed in Northern California just weeks before friends say he was set to attend the University of Louisiana.

Roy Ravana Jr., 19, and another man, Kevin Ohta, were shot on Monday in Sacramento County. The Sacramento Bee reports ( that the 21-year-old Ohta is expected to survive.

Two juveniles — 17-year-old Elias Guevara and 16-year-old Rozco Gutierrez — have been charged as adults with murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors say they opened fire with three different weapons on behalf of the Norteno street gang.

Friends and family of Ravana say they were not aware of his involvement in any criminal behavior. Fiji's prime minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, called Ravana an innocent bystander and said he was a great athlete and wonderful role model.

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