Former ski star shot and killed

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ST. MAURICE, Switzerland (AP) – Former Swiss ski star Corinne Rey-Bellet and brother Alain were fatally shot in their parents’ home.

The 33-year-old Rey-Bellet shared a 2003 world championship silver medal in the downhill. She retired shortly afterward because of injuries to her right knee.

Police are searching for Rey-Bellet’s husband, Gerold Stadler, in connection with the slayings. Rey-Bellet’s mother was hospitalized with serious injuries.

from the attack late Sunday in the mountain resort of Les Crosets, police said. The attacker entered the house, fired five shots and was gone when officers arrived, police said. Despite her injuries, Rey-Bellet’s mother was able to call authorities.

The couple’s 2-year-old son – who was in the house but was unhurt on a higher floor – is being kept in secure place, police spokesman Renato Kalbermatten said.

Rey-Bellet lived with her husband and son in Abtwil. The skier and Stadler separated late last month, Medico said.

In 1992, Rey-Bellet had her first top-three finish – third place in the World Cup final in Crans Montana. In 1999, she won the downhill and super-G at the World Cup in St. Anton, Austria.

By Monday afternoon, fans had left hundreds of messages of condolence on Rey-Bellet’s Web site.

“We’re shaken by the tragedy,” the Web site’s administrators said. “We send our condolences to the family members and express our deep sorrow.”

AP-ES-05-01-06 1449EDT

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