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Nigerian boxer shot dead in US

Nigerian boxer shot dead in US

A popular American boxer of Nigerian descent, Isaiah Oludayo Olugbemi, was shot and killed on Monday night.

Olugbemi, 27, was found shot multiple times in the area of Meadowmist Way and Stehlik Drive in Odenton, he was rushed to Shock Trauma in Baltimore where he died, according to CBS.

A 36-year-old suspect, Nicholas Francis Xavier Giroux, has been charged with first-and-second-degree murder in Olugbemi’s death with investigators believing the shooting was targeted, and not random.

Detectives obtained video surveillance footage that showed a white male, later identified as Giroux, walking directly up to Olugbemi with a handgun before shooting him multiple times, and fleeing the scene on foot, according to documents obtained by WJZ.

Police said they interviewed Giroux on June 18 and he confessed to the murder.

Abraham Olugbemi, the victim’s brother, said Giroux was Isaiah’s neighbor and alleged Giroux threatened the deceased at least two other times with a gun this year; once in January and a second time in June.

Abraham said Giroux cocked a gun in a confrontation with Olugbemi but when police came to investigate, no arrests were made.

Maryland court records show Giroux was not charged in connection with the alleged incidents described by a relative.

Olugbemi was well known in the DMV for his budding career as a professional boxer. He was a three-time Golden Gloves States boxing champion, including this year.

In May, he secured three straight split-decision wins to take the heavyweight crown at the National Golden Gloves tournament.

Earlier this month, Olugbemi defeated newcomer Matthew Allen by unanimous decision.

He was also a two-time All-American, a Junior Olympics Gold medalists and a two-time Open Regional champion.

His death comes seven months after another prominent boxer from Maryland, Anwar ‘The Silent Assassin’ Wingate was killed during an armed robbery.

Wingate was shot in the neck after he tried to fight off two men who were able to get the jump on him by catching him off guard in November, 2023.


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