Body of American player Hardy to be repatriated

By the Associated Press | October 12, 2011 | 7:55 AM EDT

FILE - Sacred Heart's Chauncey Hardy reacts after his team's 74-70 loss to Central Connecticut in the Northeast Conference men's basketball tournament championship game in New Britain, Conn., Wednesday, March 7, 2007. Hardy, who played for Romanian team CSS Giurgiu since 2010, died Sunday evening in Bucharest, Romania, during surgery for head injuries suffered in a bar attack in Giurgiu, Romania, earlier in the day, according to local media, quoting hospital sources and Romanian police.(AP Photo/Fred Beckham, File)

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.