Professional boxer Danny Kelly Jr. was fatally shot on Christmas Eve in a probable road rage incident.
According to the police, the 30-year-old and his family were driving to a holiday party when the suspect pulled up next to Kelly’s family car and opened fire. It appears neither Kelly’s girlfriend nor his three children were injured.
“Patrol officers were called to the 4400 block of St. Barnabas Road” in Temple Hills, a statement explains. “They discovered Kelly unresponsive in the driver’s seat of an SUV suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital.”
According to Prince Georges County police, the fatal incident is being investigated as a probable road rage incident, and detectives are seeking to identify the suspect and the car.
Acting Major David Blazer of Prince George’s County Police Department’s Major Crimes Division said in a statement: “This is an absolutely heartbreaking loss for Mr. Kelly’s family and friends. He is not home with his loved ones today on Christmas who are now mourning his loss instead of celebrating the holiday.”
He added, “St. Barnabas Road is a heavily traveled roadway. If any other drivers saw anything there on Christmas Eve or may have information that could help, please call us. You can stay anonymous. We are committed to providing answers to his family.”
The police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment related to this shooting. From Clinton, Maryland, Kelly was well known in the boxing circles in that state.
Kelly’s godmother Bernadine Walker told WUSA9, that “He was a wonderful dad. He loved his babies. He loved his children.”
She added, “We traveled all over the place watching him boxing. Only for him to knock his opponent out in thirty seconds … He just had that trigger in him. He had that drive to be a good boxer.”