SACRAMENTO (AP) -- A runner from Fiji was killed in a gang shooting in Northern California just weeks before he was set to attend the University of Louisiana, friends and authorities said.
Roy Ravana Jr. and another man, Kevin Ohta, were shot on Monday in Sacramento County by two juveniles who opened fire with two handguns and a rifle on behalf of the Norteno street gang, prosecutors said. The 21-year-old Ohta is expected to survive, the Sacramento Bee reported.
The suspects, 17-year-old Elias Guevara and 16-year-old Rozco Gutierrez, have been charged as adults with murder and attempted murder. They were arraigned on Wednesday but did not enter pleas, Shelly Orio, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office said.
Orio said they were appointed counsel, but she did not have the attorneys' names.
The circumstances of the shooting were not clear. Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman told the Bee earlier this week it was not clear whether the victims fired any shots, or whether they had gang affiliations.
Friends and family of Ravana say they were not aware of his involvement in criminal behavior.
Ravana, 20, represented Fiji, an island nation in the South Pacific near New Zealand and Australia, in the heats of the 60-meter race at the 2012 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships in Istanbul and later in the same year in the 400-meter race at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, the association said in a statement.
Fiji's prime minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, called Ravana an innocent bystander and said he was a wonderful role model.
"Many people dream of being given an opportunity to pursue success overseas," the prime minister said in a statement. "Roy was living that dream when he died. And many young Fijians, even those who didn't know him personally, will feel a sense of shock and loss at his passing."
He was also a 400-meter hurdler.