Brazilian fighter Leandro Lo, one of the world’s greatest jiu-jitsu figures and eight-time world champion of this martial art, died this Sunday after being shot in the head by a man with whom he argued at a party in Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, detailed federal sources.
“The idol of a sport, Leandro Lo, leaves us materially. We offer homage and reverence to whom he helped and inspires so many people to wear the kimono around the world,” the Brazilian Confederation of Sports Jiu-Jitsu (CBJJE) said in a statement.
The murder occurred in the early hours of this Sunday at the exclusive Sirio Club, in the southern area of Sao Paulo, where the athlete had gone with friends to enjoy a presentation by a popular music group at a party.
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According to witnesses, the fighter argued for reasons not yet clarified with an apparently drunk man and immobilized him with a typical martial arts arm lock in an attempt to calm him down. Once he was free, the assailant pulled out a gun and shot the world champion.
Leandro Lo was transferred to a hospital, where brain death was recorded.
His aggressor, who fled after the crime, was declared a fugitive despite the fact that the Sao Paulo Militarized Police reported that he had already been identified.
Leandro Pereira do Nascimento Lo, 33, was eight times world champion in jiu-jitsu in five different categories and won five World Cup titles in the sport, as well as eight Pan American titles in this sport.
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The fighter, who won his first world title in 2012 in the lightweight category, was still active and in May of this year he won a new world title, but in the medium-heavyweight category.
The Brazilian was scheduled to play a championship in the United States in the coming days.
With information from EFE.
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