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Brother of boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.shot dead during home invasion in Culiacan

June 27, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Brother of boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.shot dead during home invasion in Culiacan

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The brother of legendary boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. was murdered during an apparent robbery at his home in Mexico, state authorities announced on Monday.

Juan Jose Rios, the prosecutor for Sinaloa state, said at a press conference that two men came into the back of Rafael Chavez Gonzalez’s residence in Culiacan on Sunday night.

One man was armed and demanded cash.

Money was handed to the assailants, but they demanded more. When Chavez refused, he was fatally shot, ESPN reported.

Rafael Chavez Gonzalez (seen middle in orange shorts and lifting his finger in the air) died on Sunday night after he was reportedly killed during a home invasion

Another brother, Roberto Chavez Gonzalez, verified that story on Monday and said his brother was killed in front of his family.

Rios also indicated that overnight roughly ten armed men abducted an unknown number of people from a Culiacan restaurant.

One of the victims has been released, he added.

Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., who is widely recognized as Mexico’s greatest boxer ever, denounced the culture of violence that has engulfed the nation.

The boxing legend has promised to personally track down his brother’s killers because of the investigation’s lack of progress.

Chavez spoke at a news conference following his brother’s death.

Gonzalez, the brother of legendary boxer Julio Cesar Chavez (seen above in 2013), was killed in his home in western Mexico, state authorities said Monday

“[The police] could not identify any of the (suspects), but we have clues and I’m not going to let them know [by telling the media], but it’s all very advanced, thank God, and this is not going to go unpunished. I swear – because unfortunately there has been a lack of security in Culiacán and not just in Culiacán… this is happening throughout the Mexican Republic and I think we must unite, all Mexicans, to fight against this, to support each other because it seems that there is no government,” Chavez Sr. said.

“Murders, uprisings are increasing. Today it was my brother, maybe tomorrow it will be me. I am very outraged. All we know is that they were three boys, one stayed outside, two came in, they asked for the money… at that moment I do not know how much my brother gave them and they wanted to get more out of him and since he didn’t have it – they gave him bullets. My brother was dedicated to helping people who have problems with alcohol and drugs or any type of addiction. Thanks to my recovery he could also recover, and the saddest thing is that he lost his life for some drug addicts. We do not know who they are, but we will find them.”

The murder rate in Mexico has significantly increased this year.

So far in 2017, there have 9,916 killings across the country – an increase of approximately 30% compared to the 7,638 killed during the same period last year.

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