A Winfield man is found shot to death in an Oklahoma City hotel room. Oklahoma City Police Sergeant Gary Knight said 30-year-old Kiyon Koroma died from multiple gun shots at the Windgate Hotel early Sunday morning.
Koroma was a coach for a Kansas wrestling club competing in the U.S. Junior Open Wrestling Tournament. He was staying at the hotel while Winfield Wrestling Club members were in Oklahoma City for the tournament at State Fair Arena during the weekend.
Police said Koroma and several other individuals were congregating in the hotel room. Witnesses said Koroma and 22-year-old George Anderson the third got into an argument. Anderson pulled out a pistol and opened fire.
Officers arrived on the scene shortly after the shots were fired. Knight said Koroma died on the scene. Officers arrested Anderson and booked him into the Oklahoma County Jail on first degree murder.
Winfield resident Stuart Cassaboom wrestled with Komora as a kid. He said he was sick to his stomach when he heard what happened.
"Heck of a good guy. Good coach. He knew his stuff. Just definately a tragedy what happened down there. I was pretty shocked to hear what had happened," said Cassaboom.
The president of the Winfield Wrestling Club released the following statement:
Kiyon Koroma was shot and killed in his Oklahoma City hotel room in a senseless and unprovoked act of violence early Sunday morning 1/4/2009.
Kiyon was in OKC this weekend, coaching youth wrestling for the Winfield Wrestling Club of Winfield Kansas.
As a young man, Kiyon grew up participating in the wrestling program and became an accomplished wrestler. Kiyon joined the coaching staff 3 years ago to pass on those skills he had learned and has been an inspiration not only to the kids, but also the entire coaching staff.
Kiyon did not have any kids in the club, but was steadfast in his attendance at all practices and tournaments and challenged the other coaches to give the same dedication. He also dedicated his time and skills to the Winfield soccer program as a coach and was also a clinician in the All American Wrestling Camp held annually in Winfield.
All of the kids, coaches and parents that Kiyon touched will deeply miss their beloved family member and will forever regret the tragic loss of such a vital part of their lives. The Winfield Wrestling Club web-site is being updated with the ability for anyone wishing to send condolences.
The website address is www.winfieldwrestlingclub.com. Memorial information will also be posted to this web-site as soon as possible.
Winfield Wrestling Club
Rob Barnett, President