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Boy, 12, is Charged for Shooting a Texas Boxer to Death

Updated On 27 Jan, 2019 Published On

This week, a boy of age 12 was charged in the fatal shooting of a Texas professional boxer, namely John VanMeter, 24, unnerving the local boxing community where he lived and trained.

The super featherweight was at Uvalde home when he was shot to death on Wednesday, January 23.

According to KSAT-TV report, his girlfriend made a call to 911 at approx. 8 p.m. and said someone kicked in the door and shot her boyfriend when he opened it.

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The boxer was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later died. The 12-year-old boy was charged with capital murder. He was being held at a juvenile detention center.

The motive for the shooting has yet to be disclosed. Police did not say how investigators tied the youth to the shooting.

According to the news station, witnesses told authorities that they saw a male wearing a black kerchief over his face and he was running from the home.

According to BoxRec, John, who began his boxing career professionally in 2016, had a 2-4 record.

The Tree City Boxing Club took to on Facebook to pay tribute to him. The club wrote, "It's a sad, sad night, not just for Tree City Boxing, but for our entire community. Please keep the VanMeters in your prayers."

Additionally, David Hernandez, who was the trainer of the late boxer, described his fighter to the Associated Press. He said John was a man with a "heart of gold and an amazing spirit."