Cruiserweight Champion "O'Neil Bell" Was Shot And Killed During A Atlanta Street Robbery
|Who Killed O'Neil Bell?|
Police report that Bell and another passenger were getting off a bus, when a car with four men drove up.
Someone in the car shot both men and then fled.
|Cruiserweight Champion O'Neil Bell|
As of this posting, authorities suspect that there are four individuals involved in the crime, all of whom are males. The vehicle's description mentioned earlier referred to a Georgia plate (TJC685) for a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser.
It was later revealed that the car was stolen in the East Point vicinity a day before the shooting and was also used in a robbery that night. So far, the only evidence police has is a video of the vehicle wherein one individual is seen making his way out of it.
Bell was born in Jamaica, but after turning pro in 1998, all but his two fights were fought in the United States.
Bell finished with a record of 27-4-1 (25 KOs) and won the vacant IBF cruiserweight title in 2005 over Canada's Dale Brown. After one successful defense, Bell then KO'd Jean-Marc Mormeck to become the WBA and WBC cruiserweight champion.
Bell lost his titles in a rematch with Mormeck, then suffered two more defeats after that. His final fight was in 2011, a 58 second TKO over Rico Cason.
Sadly, this is the 2nd time a former boxing champion was killed in Atlanta.
In 2009, ex-welterweight and super welterweight champ Vernon Forrest, who was best known for his two wins over Shane Mosley, was robbed at gunpoint and murdered at a gas station.
The three men responsible for Forrest's death were all convicted for their role in the murder, with two sentenced to life in prison and the actual shooter currently is on death row.