Monday, July 27, 2009

Mayor and Council President Statement on Former Boxing Champion Vernon Forrest

"Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to Vernon Forrest's family in light of his untimely death this weekend. This intolerable criminal behavior is yet another tragic reminder to all of us at City Hall that we must work together to find the resources to support APD and community as it works to restore law and order to our streets. Making Atlanta safe must be our top priority."

Shirley Franklin, Mayor
Lisa Borders, City Council President

Phil Hunnicutt, chairman of the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission, issued the following statement regarding the death of Vernon Forrest:

“Vernon Forrest was determined, dedicated and an excellent role model both in and out of the boxing ring. The public knew him for his accomplishments as an Olympic boxer and holder of professional titles in two weight divisions. He also personally touched many lives through his commitment to various charities for underprivileged and handicapped children.

“These children, their families, the boxing community and Vernon’s fans will greatly miss him. However, we will not forget him.”


Ex-boxing champ, Vernon Forrest, 38, was a 1992 Olympian with a 41-3 pro record. According to autopsy reports released yesterday, Forrest was shot during an apparent robbery in southwest Atlanta.

Per Chief Medical Examiner Michele Stauffenberg, death was caused by "multiple gunshot wounds involving the torso and thigh."

According to police reports, Forrest was robbed at gunpoint at a gas station where he stopped to put air in the tires of his Jaguar. He then grabbed his gun and chased the suspects.

Atlanta Police Detective Lt. Keith Meadows told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that "Vernon walked up to the guy" he was chasing, "then, at some point, (Forrest) turned and walked away."

Forrest was shot seven or eight times in the back, Meadows stated.
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