Karyn Velez, a promising Filipino-American badminton player, died in a car accident in Manila on Sunday, according to a report on badminton website Badzine.net.
She was a top-ranked badminton prospect in the Philippines before choosing to represent the United States in the sport.
“I was born in the U.S., in Philly, but I moved to the Philippines with my family when I was young and I started playing badminton there,” she told Badzine in a 2011 interview.
“I was ranked No. 1 in the Philippines but there was too much politics involved and I ended up moving away to get rid of the problems.”
Filipino badminton champion Kennevic Asuncion, who coached Velez during her early days in the Philippines described her as a “bubbly, jolly, happy-go-lucky person.”