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Leandro Lo, eight-time world jiu-jitsu champion, murdered in Brazil

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The Brazilian jiu-jitsu community lost an important member of its family when eight-time world champion, Leandro Lo, was shot in the head and killed in a senseless act of violence on last night (Sat., Aug. 6, 2022) in Brazil.

Details are still emerging regarding the incident, but reports claim a man came up to Lo and several friends at a Sao Paulo concert and stole a bottle of liquor from their table. Lo took down the man and restrained him, but after they were separated the man pulled out a gun and shot him.

Lo was rushed to a nearby hospital, but pronounced brain dead soon after.

There are many reports that the shooter was a military police officer, and Brazilian outlet Combate identified Henrique Otavio Oliveira Velozo as the alleged suspect. They also included a detailed account of the fatal incident:

As witnesses report, police officer Henrique, after a brief discussion, went to the table of the victim Leandro , taking a bottle from the table, in a continuous act the victim got up, took the bottle from the author’s hand and, in a struggle, knocked him down and immobilized him. At this moment, the victim’s colleagues separated both and asked “to leave it alone”. The author, after getting up, went around the table and, facing the victim, drew his gun and fired a shot, which hit the frontal region of the victim’s head (forehead, left side).

Lo was one of the most decorated jiu-jitsu competitors in the game, having won eight world cups, eight Pan-American Games, and seven Copa Podio Grand Prixs. He was just 33 years of age. The jiu-jitsu community has been shocked by the news, and are honoring his memory on social media.

According to BJJ Heroes, Lo had a 268-39 record in grappling and holds wins over names like Gilbert Burns, Alan Belcher, Andre Galvao, Augusto Mendes, Dillon Danis, Gordan Ryan, and Davi Ramos, among many others.

Rest in peace.

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