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Famous athlete faces death penalty for double murder

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A boxer from Puerto Rico is suspected of double murder – a pregnant girlfriend and her unborn child, of which he is believed to be the father.

Puerto Rican lightweight boxer Felix Verdejo is accused of the murder of 27-year-old pregnant Keishla Rodriguez, with whom the married athlete had a relationship. 

Rodriguez was reportedly last seen alive as she walked to Verdejo’s home to announce her pregnancy from him last Thursday. Her body was found two days later in the river.

The boxer is accused of hitting the girl in the face and tying her up. After that, the athlete took his girlfriend to the bridge, tied a block to her legs, and threw her into the river. 

As reported by ESPN with reference to law enforcement officers, Verdejo, having thrown the body into the water, shot him from the bridge.

It is indicated that surveillance cameras recorded the athlete’s car next to the bridge from which the victim’s body was dropped.

Verdejo is charged with double premeditated murder, as well as carrying and using firearms. The athlete runs the risk of being executed for what he did.

According to the publication, the boxer is married and has a daughter. After the first court hearing, the suspect was denied bail.

In Puerto Rico, the killing of Keishla Rodriguez sparked protests. The protesters accuse the authorities of the country that they did not do enough to protect women and victims of domestic violence.

As you know, Verdejo was a Top Rank boxer. His last fight took place in December last year against Masayoshi Nakatani, who will enter the ring with Ukrainian Vasily Lomachenko in June.

Earlier, in July last year, Verdejo inflicted a debut defeat on American Will Madera, after which he announced his desire to box with Lomachenko.

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