Chicago welterweight Ed Brown, a fast-rising 25-year-old prospect, died on Sunday, one day after being shot in the head, manager Cameron Dunkin confirmed to ESPN.
"He lost his life at 25 years old for nothing." Dunkin said. "Those people in Chicago shoot you for no reason. It'd be different if he was out there gang banging or running around or dealing drugs. He wasn't doing any of those things. He was such a quiet kid. He was so bashful. You'd never know how tough he was in the ring talking to him outside the ring."
Brown and a 19-year-old woman, whom Dunkin said was Brown's cousin, were sitting in a parked car at about 1 a.m. in Chicago's East Garfield Park neighborhood when another car pulled up, and someone inside the car shot at them, Chicago police said, according to ABC News 7 in Chicago. Brown was shot multiple times and the woman, who is in good condition, was shot in the leg.
Brown (20-0, 16 KOs), who was a standout amateur, turned pro in December 2012 but was exceptionally busy after signing with Dunkin in 2015, when he fought 13 times. Brown most recently fought Nov. 11 in Philadelphia, where he notched a lopsided eight-round decision victory.
Brown had been shot twice previously. Dunkin said he was a hard worker with tremendous potential.
"He had a lot of ability, and everybody who was around him who worked with him was amazed how good he was," Dunkin said. "When I got him a little over a year-and-half ago, I was very excited to sign him. He was ready to go fast and we were moving him fast. Everybody in boxing who knew him liked Ed Brown. All the guys at the gym loved him.
"He was so excited about being 20-0 and so excited about being so close to breaking through. He was excited about what he was going to do. He believed and I believed he was going to be a world champion. It's just such a shame, just such a waste of a life."
Dunkin said he had implored Brown, whose mother was one of the 21 victims who died in the 2003 E2 nightclub stampede in Chicago, many times to move away from the city. Dunkin said he told Brown he was willing to help pay his way to relocate to Las Vegas, where Dunkin lives and where there are many boxing gyms and outstanding sparring.
"I told him he had to get out of Chicago. I begged him to get out of Chicago," Dunkin said. "And every time I had him ready to go, (trainer) George (Hernandez) would call me and say he's not going to leave. It's sad they can't leave that environment."