​Former Boxing Champ Killed: O’Neil Bell Shot Dead After Leaving City Bus

Former Boxing Champ Killed
Author: Kara GilmourBy:
Staff Reporter
Nov. 27, 2015

Former boxing champ O’Neil Bell was killed in Atlanta after being gunned down by a couple of robbers who left him dead in the middle of the street. Atlanta police said the robbery appeared to be a motive in the fatal shooting and authorities are seeking the public’s help in finding the killers, according to 11 Alive.

The former boxing champ’s life began nearly 41 years ago on the Caribbean island of Jamaica, where his parents worked at hotels before moving the family to Delaware when he was 5. Police believe four males may be involved in the killing.

Former boxing champ killed as O'Neil Bell departs bus

Former boxing champ killed as O’Neil Bell departs bus

They were also looking for a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser with the Georgia tag TJC685. Police believe the vehicle was stolen Tuesday in East Point and used in a robbery there on Tuesday night. Police released a video of the vehicle and an image of a person seen by witnesses exiting the vehicle after the former boxing champ was killed.

The former boxing champ who was killed moved to Atlanta in 1995 and worked as a driver for UPS before becoming a professional boxer three years later. O’Neil Bell held the WBA, WBC and IBF cruiserweight boxing titles, amassing a record of 26 wins, three losses and one draw during a 13-year career that ended in 2011.

Initially fighting under the moniker “Give ‘Em Hell” Bell, he later changed his nickname to “Supernova.”

“I did a little bit of research on Hell. I didn’t want to associate myself with Hell,” Bell said before a 2006 title unification bout. “You attract bad company, bad things, with a name like that.”

Early Wednesday, Bell apparently attracted the worst kind of company imaginable.

The former boxing champ and another man had just gotten off a MARTA bus on Harbins Road shortly after midnight when a vehicle drove up with two men inside. Responding officers found Bell killed in the street with a gunshot wound to the upper torso.

Video surveillance of suspects

While it was reported earlier that he had been with the second individual, police said Wednesday said the two men were not together. Police also said Bell had not been stabbed.

The other victim, who was not identified, was shot in the right hip and transported in stable condition to Grady Memorial Hospital, according to police Lt. Charles Hampton.

O’Neil Bell finished his career with a 27-4-1 record, including 25 victories by knockout. His last appearance came in December 2011, when he defeated Rico Cason by first-round TKO.

Any information on the former boxing champ killed case can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477). Persons do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward of up to $2,000 for the arrest and indictment of the suspects.

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