Ex-boxing champion Forrest killed in Ga.

Sunday, July 26, 2009 10:11 AM
Last updated 10:15 AM
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ATLANTA -- Police say former boxing champion Vernon Forrest has been shot and killed in an apparent robbery.

Atlanta Police Sgt. Lisa Keyes said in an e-mail Sunday that Forrest may have been robbed and was shot "multiple times in the back" Saturday night in Atlanta.

Keyes says there are no suspects.

Mark Guilbeau, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office, said an autopsy is planned for Sunday.

Forrest, a native of Augusta, Ga., who lived in Atlanta, was a member of the 1992 Olympic team. He was also a former WBC super welterweight champion.

The 38-year-old took two wins over Sugar Shane Mosley in 2002. On Sept. 13, 2008, Forrest reclaimed his WBC 154-pound title by beating Sergio Mora.

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FallingLeaves 07/26/09 - 10:16 am
This is a crying shame!

This is a crying shame! There is a crime war going on right here in our country. My condolences to everyone that loved and cared about Vernon Forrest. There is no way to bring him back, but I hope that justice is served swiftly through appropriate means, that the murderer is caught and prosecuted accordingly. My prayers for his grieving survivors and friends and all survivors of violent crimes, God give us all strength to go on and try to turn this evil act into an impetus for something good for others.

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