Mon., July 27, 2009 4:09pm (EDT)

Police Searching for Boxing Champ's Killer
By Mary Ellen Cheatham
Updated: 5 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
Vernon Forrest, a boxing champion and native of Georgia, was killed by a gunman on Saturday.  (Photo courtesy The Associated Press and The Telegraph)
Vernon Forrest, a boxing champion and native of Georgia, was killed by a gunman on Saturday. (Photo courtesy The Associated Press and The Telegraph)
Police are still looking for the gunman who killed Vernon Forrest on Saturday. Fans of the boxing great, who was a Georgia native, are mourning his death today.

Forrest, 38, grew up in Augusta, and had lived in Atlanta for several years. The boxing champion had won national and world welterweight and light middleweight championships during his career. He had boxed in the 1992 Olympics, but lost to Sergio Martinez in the opening round. Forrest was suffering from food poisoning at the time. He is also known for handing boxing champion Shane Mosley his first defeat in a celebrated bout at Madison Square Garden in 2002.

Forrest also founded Destiny's Child, Incorporated, an Atlanta-based group that helps children and adults who have developmental disabilities.

Forrest died from multiple gunshots after he was robbed in Atlanta. He was robbed after stopping at a gas station, and was then shot dead after chasing the gunman.

Forrest is survived by a son.


Contributors: The Associated Press