- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 12, 2011

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA (AP) - Romania’s basketball federation says the body of American player Chauncey Hardy, who was fatally beaten in a bar, will be repatriated.

Hardy died Sunday after he was punched in a bar in the southern Romanian city of Giurgiu. He sustained severe head injuries and died after undergoing surgery in a Bucharest hospital.

The 23-year-old, who played at Sacred Heart in Connecticut from 2006-2010, came to Romania to play for CSS Giurgiu in August.

The federation said Wednesday the repatriation is being arranged by the U.S. Embassy and Hardy’s family. Coach Theo Matthew Evans and colleague Justin Neal Eller will accompany the body to the U.S.

Prosecutors say Hardy was punched in the face by the boyfriend of a woman he was with. A suspect, Ionut Tanasoaia, was arrested Monday and will be in custody for 29 days while he awaits trial.

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