Former boxing champion Edwin Valero has apparently committed suicide. The boxer was found dead in his jail cell just hours after he was arrested under suspicion for the murder of his wife, Jennifer Valero. He was being held in Caracas, Venezuela. Read about it below and see a video about the Edwin Valero suicide.
Edwin Valero was on his way to being, perhaps, one of the greatest boxers of all time. He had a 27-0 record and world championships in both the WBA super featherweight and WBC lightweight classes. Although he was not well-known in the United States, outside of the boxing world, he was virtually a national hero in Venezuela. He had literally fought his way from poverty to riches and was held up as a hero by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. In fact, he was so attached to the Chevez dictatorship that he had a huge tattoo of Chavez on his chest.
Valero wasn’t able to get his boxing license in any of the United States, except Texas, because he wasn’t able to pass the require physical. An MRI revealed head injuries that were the result of a motorcycle accident he had while not wearing a helmet. In addition, he had gotten a DUI in Texas in 2009, preventing him from being able to get a U.S. visa.
But he had more legal problems in Venezuela over the years. He had been in trouble with the law for domestic violence, drunk driving, threatening and violent behavior. In fact, just last month he was ordered by a Venezuelan judge to serve six-months in a psychiatric hospital for rehabilitation to deal with anger and alcohol abuse issues. Valero admitted he was an alcoholic at his sentencing.
His sentence to a psychiatric facility was precipitated by his wife being admitted to the hospital with bruises and a broken rib that had penetrated her lung. She had been treated for similar injuries in the same hospital on at least two previous occasions. Each time, she claimed she had gotten her injuries from falling down stairs. Doctors have reported that while Jennifer Valero was being treated, they had to contend with a very hostile Edwin Valero. There are reports that he threatened staff there and was arrested for ‘resistance and hostile behavior against doctors, police officials and nurses.
There were other incidences in which Valero was arrested for domestic violence against his wife, mother, sisters and other family members. Each time, the charges were dropped as family members were not willing to press charges against him.
Velero had not yet begun serving his sentence to the psychiatric hospital. He was arrested on Sunday as was to be charged with murdering his wife. Jennifer Viera, 24-years-old, was found stabbed to death in a hotel room in Valencia. Allegedly, around dawn on April 18, 2010, the boxer had left his hotel room and told hotel security that he had killed his wife. She had been stabbed three times.
He was taken into custody and being held at a jail in Carabobo state, in north-central Venezuela. Another inmate found him hanged and reported it to the guards. Although he still showed some signs of life when he was found, authorities were not able to revive him and he died at about 1:30 a.m. on Monday morning. According to authorities, he had hanged himself in his jail cell.
At the time of the Edwin Valero suicide, he was 28-years-old. He had an 8-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter who are now in the care of their grandmother.
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