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.
Inacreditável que o Leandro Lo se foi— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) August 7, 2022
Unbelievable that Leandro Lo pass away
RIP my brother Leandro Lo ❤️ l pic.twitter.com/ILLISdynhi— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) August 7, 2022
A very sad day for the BJJ community. Leandro was a legend. https://t.co/zxbCP2E2SK— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) August 7, 2022
Leandro Lo will be remembered in #BJJ as an avid competitor in divisions from 76kg to 94kg.— Talen Guzman (@TalenGuzman) August 7, 2022
With 2x European national, 4x Brazilian national, 8x Pan-American, 5x World Cup, an @ADCC_Federation gold medal, and 8x Worlds championships under his belt, Lo leaves a legend #BJJTwitter pic.twitter.com/P2sAr9EehW
World Champion, mentor, legend— FloGrappling (@FloGrappling) August 7, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, teammates and fans of Leandro Lo. The jiu-jitsu world will never forget. pic.twitter.com/ps0hOxhdv3
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.