Euris Vidal, a rider with Foundation Cycling New York, was fatally shot on Sunday in the Dominican Republic, according to press reports.

Vidal, 26, reportedly was killed in Santiago while trying to prevent a robbery. Police were said to have shot one of the assailants.

A message on the team’s Facebook page read: “We are saddened by the loss of Euris Vidal to a senseless act of violence in the DR. God bless you and you will truly be missed.”

The Dominican Cycling Federation likewise posted an item on its website, saying it “expresses its regret at the death of … one of the best riders on both road and track.”

Vidal, a sprinter who finished 13th in the 2013 USA Crits series, had raced in the United States for several years and was to have joined the Incycle-Predator Components team in 2014.