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Leandro Lo the Jiu-jitsu legend shot to death in Brazil

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According to his lawyer, Leandro Lo was certified brain dead after being shot in the head during a concert in Sao Paulo early Sunday morning.

Leandro Lo

According to a police report released on Sunday (h/t Combate), before Lo was proven dead, police officer Henrique Otávio Oliveira Velozo was named as a suspect in the murder inquiry.

Lo was 33 years old at the time.

According to the police report, witnesses reported Velozo took a bottle from Lo’s table, prompting the jiu-jitsu fighter to take him down and hold him. They were separated, and then Velozo rose to his feet, drew his rifle, and shot Lo in the forehead.

Lo was brought to the Dr. Arthur Ribeiro de Saboya hospital, but was confirmed brain dead several hours later.

Lo, a black belt under Cicero Costha, was a legendary jiu-jitsu athlete, winning eight IBJJF World Championships as a black belt since 2012. In California earlier this year, he won gold in the light heavyweight division.

The Brazilian grappler has also won eight Pans, two European Opens, four Brazilian Nationals, and seven Copa Podio grand prix titles across multiple weight classes, defeating the likes of Gordon Ryan, Andre Galvao, Gilbert Burns, Roberto Satoshi, Augusto Mendes, Felipe Pena, Alan Belcher, Davi Ramos, and Dillon Danis.

Kenny Florian, a PFL pundit and former UFC fighter, reacted on the event on social media, calling it “a really sad day for the BJJ world.”

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