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Friends, acquaintances react to shooting death of local boxer

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

An promising boxer is dead after being shot in south St. Louis. 

The victim, 26-year-old Michael Williams, was shot to death outside a South City bar just before 1:00 a.m. on April 23. Williams was in the 2900 block of South Jefferson Avenue, in the Benton Park West neighborhood.

Police say he was sitting in the rear seat of an SUV when he was shot in the abdomen and leg. Williams was transported to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. 

Investigators say Williams was an up-and-coming boxer on the St. Louis scene.

Harold Petty is a former boxer and now coaches. He says Williams had potential as a boxer. When he heard of his death, he says it made him angry.

“It made me mad because I talk to these guys all the time and tell them there are certain places you don't have to be. Boxers and a nightclub don't mix. You can be doing something else,” said Petty.

An investigation of the shooting revealed three males wearing dark clothing, approached Williams and briefly exchanged words. One suspect pulled a gun and fired multiple shots which struck Williams.

The suspects left the scene on foot, walking west on Pestalozzi Street. 

According to The Real Time Crime Center, the informational center for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, this is the fourth homicide in the Benton Park West neighborhood since 2011. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

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