Ex-boxing champion O’Neil Bell killed in Atlanta

Welterweight Champion O’Neil Bell with Boxing Promoter Don King (Image Source: Twitter @TheFightGuru)
Welterweight champion O’Neil Bell with boxing promoter Don King (Image Source: Twitter @TheFightGuru)

Atlanta police have announced the murder of former boxing champ O’Neil Bell on the day before Thanksgiving. Police report that Bell and another passenger were getting off a bus, when a car with four men drove up.  Someone in the car shot both men and then fled.  Bell was pronounced dead at the crime scene with a gunshot wound to his chest while the other passenger was shot in the hip and transported to a hospital.

During his boxing career, Bell held four different titles, which included the WBA, WBC and IBF cruiserweight belts. Bell’s career lasted 13 years and his record was 27-4-1 with 25 wins by knockout. Fighting under the names “Give ‘Em Hell” Bell and “Supernova,” he was considered one of two undisputed cruiserweight champions in boxing history. Bell, 40, was born in Jamaica. Before entering boxing professionally, he was a driver for UPS.

Suspect wanted by police (image Source: Atlanta Police Department)
Suspect wanted by police (Image source: Atlanta Police Department)

Police are now looking for a stolen 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser with the Georgia tag TJC685. Police released video footage of the car and a possible suspect seen exiting the vehicle.

Bell was the second boxing champion to be killed in Atlanta. In 2009, welterweight champion Vernon Forest was robbed at gunpoint and shot and killed at an Atlanta gas station.

Police are now asking the public for help during the ongoing investigation. The public is being asked to call  the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at (404)-577-TIPS (8477). Callers with information are eligible for as much as a $2,000 reward for tips that lead to the arrest and indictment of the suspects.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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