Winfield, Kan. wrestling club mourns the loss of coach Kiyon Koroma

BY BRIAN SARGENT Modified: January 6, 2009 at 12:24 am •  Published: January 6, 2009
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Kiyon Koroma
A man shot and killed at an Oklahoma City hotel was a coach for a Winfield, Kan., wrestling club competing in a national tournament here.

Officers found Kiyon Koroma, 31, dead about 2:10 a.m. Sunday in a hotel room at 2001 S Meridian Ave., police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.

Police arrested George Robert Anderson III, 22, of Moore on a murder complaint in connection with Koroma's death, Knight said. Anderson is being held without bail in the Oklahoma County jail.

No wrestling team members, middle school students competing at the U.S. Junior Open Wrestling Tournament at State Fair Arena, were in the room, Knight said.

Koroma was at a local nightclub, Paradise City, with two unnamed women when they met Anderson there, according to an affidavit filed Monday in Oklahoma County District Court. The four went to Koroma's room after the club closed so they could continue drinking alcohol together, police said.

Anderson became upset about something after they got to the hotel and called a friend to come pick him up, according to the affidavit. While on the phone, Anderson said he needed to get picked up before he shot someone.

Koroma and the women then asked Anderson to leave, according to the affidavit. Anderson pulled out a pistol and fired it three times at Koroma as the pair struggled, police said.

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