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. Both men fell to the floor, and Koroma died at the scene, police said. Anderson was lying on the floor near Koroma's body when officers arrived, but was not hurt, according to the affidavit. Koroma joined the club's coaching staff three years ago. He has been an inspiration to wrestlers and coaches, club President Rob Barnett wrote in a statement. He won the 1995 high school state wrestling championship in the 134-pound class as a member of Winfield's high school team. A ‘tragic loss' Koroma “was steadfast in his attendance at all practices and tournaments and challenged the other coaches to give the same dedication,” Barnett said. “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.” Koroma volunteered as a soccer coach in Winfield and was a clinician at the annual All American Wrestling Camp in the city and was a Winfield Wrestling Club board member. Contributing: Staff Writer Jay Marks, The Associated Press
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