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Top wrestler Leandro Lo shot dead at party after pinning attacker who pulled out gun

Top wrestler Leandro Lo shot dead at party after pinning attacker who pulled out gun

Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Leandro Lo has been shot dead at a party after allegedly getting into an argument with a military police officer.

The 33-year-old was killed in the early hours of Sunday (August 7) morning at a club in Sao Paulo. Officer Henrique Otávio Oliveira Velozo is a suspect in the murder investigation, according to a police report obtained by Combate.

Witnesses said Velozo grabbed a bottle from Lo’s table at the venue, which prompted the MMA star to take him down to the ground. After they had been pulled apart, Velozo is said to have pulled a gun and shot Lo in the head.

Lo was taken to Dr. Arthur Ribeiro de Saboya hospital where he was declared brain dead. Earlier this year he had won his eighth world championship, making him one of the sport’s most decorated fighters.

Tributes have poured in since his tragic passing. Former UFC fighter Kenny Florian tweeted: “A very sad day for the BJJ community. Leandro was a legend.”

Commentator John Gooden wrote: “Saddened to hear about the tragic loss of Leandro Lo. One of the greatest Jiu-jitsu players ever. Absolutely tragic. My condolences to his family and friends.”

Former heavyweight champion-turned-broadcaster Josh Thomson posted: “The word legend is thrown around way to much in sports but it can’t be thrown around enough when it comes to your name in Jiu Jitsu. Leandro Lo, my heart and prayers to your family my brother. Rest easy my friend.”

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