Vernon Forrest, Former Boxing Champion, Killed in Atlanta Robbery
Vernon 'The Viper' Forrest, the former boxing champion, has been shot and killed in what appears to be a robbery or carjacking in Atlanta late last night.
He was shot multiple times in the back.
He was at a gas station when another car pulled up and two men got out and attempted to steal Forrest's car. Forrest had a gun and gave chase and that's when he was shot up to seven or eight times. His girlfriend's young son was in the car at the time of the carjacking.
At the moment, there are no suspects.
"Vernon was one of the few decent people in boxing," promoter Gary Shaw said Sunday.
"I mean really decent. He cared about mentally challenged adults. He cared about kids. I just can't believe it."
An autopsy has been planned for today.
Vernon Forrest was born in Augusta, Georgia, and lived in Atlanta. He was part of the 1992 Olympic team and a former WBC super welterweight champion.
Forrest, 38, took two wins over Sugar Shane Mosley in 2002. On Sept. 13, 2008, Forrest reclaimed his WBC 154-pound title by beating Sergio Mora.
After he suffered a rib injury and Forrest had to give up his title.
He had a 41 - 3 career record with 29 knockouts.