The Kazakh prosecutor’s office on Friday announced the arrest of a suspect after the murder of young Kazakh figure skater Denis Ten, a bronze medalist at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, who was stabbed mortally the day before.
The arrested suspect was identified as Nurali Kiazazov, born in 1994, the Almaty Procuratorate said in a statement, noting that the search for a second suspect was continuing.
The attack occurred on Thursday around 9 am in Almaty, the economic capital of Kazakhstan, former Soviet republic of Central Asia.
Denis Ten, 25, “surprised two unidentified people who were trying to steal mirrors from his car,” said the prosecution.
“As a result of the fight (with them), Denis was stabbed,” he said, adding that Denis Ten died in the hospital as a result of his injuries.
The Olympic Council of Asia (COA) announced Friday its “shock and immense sadness.”
“It’s hard to understand and accept this really terrible news about Denis Ten’s death,” said COA President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah in a statement.
The International Skating Federation (ISU) also said it was “deeply saddened” by the death of Denis Ten.
Coached by the American coach Frank Carroll, the skater was very popular in Kazakhstan where his death is extensively commented. Of Korean descent, he was the great-great-grandson of the Korean general Min Keung-ho, who had fought against the Japanese occupation in the early 20th century.
He won the silver medal at the World Championships in 2013, a year before winning the bronze medal at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. In 2015, he had once again won bronze at the World Championships, but has struggled since to confirm.