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Boxer Valero kills himself in jail, police say

Posted by on Apr. 19, 2010 at 8:43 PM
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CARACAS, Venezuela – Former boxing champion Edwin Valero, who had a spectacular career with 27 straight knockouts and flouted a tattoo of President Hugo Chavez on his chest, hanged himself in his jail cell Monday after being arrested for stabbing his wife to death, police said.

The former lightweight champion used the sweat pants he was wearing to hang himself from a bar in the cell, said his lawyer, Milda Mora.

Valero, 28, had problems with alcohol and cocaine addiction and struggled with depression. He had previously been suspected of assaulting his wife and was charged last month with harassing her and threatening personnel at a hospital where she was treated for injuries.

Valero's 24-year-old wife, Jennifer Carolina Viera, was found dead in a hotel room on Sunday, and police said the fighter emerged telling hotel security he had killed her.

Valero was found hanging in his cell early Monday by another inmate, who alerted authorities in the police lockup in north-central Carabobo state, Federal Police Chief Wilmer Flores told reporters. He said Valero still showed signs of life when they took him down, but they were unable to save him.

The former WBA super featherweight and WBC lightweight champion was a household name in Venezuela and had a huge image of Venezuela's president tattooed on his chest along with the country's yellow, blue and red flag.

A man whose fists carried him from poverty in a small town to fame, Valero's all-action style soon earned him a reputation as a tough, explosive crowd-pleaser, and his last victory in Mexico in February over Antonio DeMarco brought his record to 27-0 — all knockouts. Venezuelans called him "Inca," alluding to an Indian warrior, while elsewhere he was called "Dinamita," or dynamite.

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stormcris
by Christy on Apr. 19, 2010 at 9:20 PM

 That is sad

tericared
by on Apr. 19, 2010 at 9:26 PM

 Yes it is very sad...Some get a hold of the fame and fortune and go nuts.....

He was a fantastic boxer....

Joqui
by Joqui on Apr. 19, 2010 at 9:26 PM

ohhh wow... that's a terrible story :(

 

Joqui
by Joqui on Apr. 19, 2010 at 9:27 PM

maybe he was nuts prior to that.. what could lead a man to brutally kill his wife? I never understand the minds of criminals..

Quoting tericared:

 Yes it is very sad...Some get a hold of the fame and fortune and go nuts.....

He was a fantastic boxer....


tericared
by on Apr. 19, 2010 at 9:37 PM

 

Quoting Joqui:

maybe he was nuts prior to that.. what could lead a man to brutally kill his wife? I never understand the minds of criminals..

Quoting tericared:

 Yes it is very sad...Some get a hold of the fame and fortune and go nuts.....

He was a fantastic boxer....

 

 coke does turn some people with violent tendences into monsters...

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— John Sheehan, S.J.

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