According to multiple reports, heavyweight fighter Danny Kelly, 30-years-old, was killed in front of his girlfriend and three kids in a possible road rage shooting on Christmas Eve. (photo by Suzanne Teresa)
Local police indicate that Kelly, a fighter from Maryland, was driving to a holiday gathering with his children and girlfriend on Friday afternoon when a suspect pulled up next to his vehicle.
The NY Post reports that someone inside the other car then opened fire. Kelly was shot multiple times.
“At this time, detectives are looking into whether this was possible road rage,” local police said in a statement.
Police found Kelly unconscious in the driver’s seat of the SUV, according to what Prince George’s County Police Department announced in a statement over the weekend. Kelly was later pronounced dead.
Kelly's girlfriend and his three children were not harmed in the shooting.
“This is an absolutely heartbreaking loss for Mr. Kelly’s family and friends,” said acting major David Blazer of the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Major Crimes Division.
“He is not home with his loved ones today on Christmas who are now mourning his loss instead of celebrating the holiday.”
Blazer urged witnesses to come forward with information. The shooting occurred in the 4400 block of St. Barnabas Road.
Kelly has been out of the ring since October of 2019, when he stopped Nick Kisner in two rounds. He had a career record of 10 wins, three defeats and 9 wins by knockout. His three career defeats came at the hands of Adam Kownacki, Stephen Shaw and Avery Gibson - all by decision.