Leandro Lo A Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Legend Was Shot To Death

On Sunday, eight-time Brazilian jiu jitsu champion Leandro Lo died at a concert in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 33-year-old had gone early that morning to see a prominent Sao Paolo band play at club Sirio in southern Sao Paolo. During the performance, Lo got into a fight with an off-duty police officer, Henrique Otávia Oliveira Veloz, who was also there. According to Sao Paulo police, after a brief scuffle between Leandro Lo and Veloz, the officer allegedly shot the Brazilian jiu jitsu icon. Authorities have not officially confirmed the cause of the altercation, but witnesses at the scene said Lo was trying to calm the officer down.

UFC commentator and former lightweight Kenny Florian mourned Loa’s death on Twitter in reaction to the incident. Henrique Velozo was arrested shortly after the event. The situation is still being investigated.

The IBJJF and Jiu Jitsu community is extremely saddened by the passing of Leandro Lo. Lo was one of the greatest athletes our sport has ever produced. An example of a true black belt, martial artist and champion on and off the mats. Rest in peace legend. 🙏🏼🕊 pic.twitter.com/lHK3n8pF4K

— IBJJF (@ibjjf) August 7, 2022

Everything you need to know about Leandro Lo

According to Flograppling, São Paulo’s Leandro Lo was one of only three Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) athletes to win eight IBJJF World Championships. He burst onto the international BJJ scene when he won his first lightweight world title in 2012. Lo’s last win was on May 22 as a light heavyweight. Lo was considered a hard-working athlete, competing in numerous weight classes and winning the Copa Podio Grand Prix in the light, middle, and heavyweight competitions.

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In addition to his status as a competitor, Leandro Lo was considered a kind and transparent teacher in the BJJ world. He founded the New School Brotherhood in 2015, according to BJJ Heroes. He taught other competitors various defensive methods that allowed them to win multiple grappling championships around the world.

Sirio’s shooting at the club

According to Brazilian newspaper Diario Momento, the fight between Leandro Lo and Henrique Velozo reportedly started around 2 a.m. on Sunday. According to witnesses, Velozo allegedly grabbed a bottle as the dispute turned violent. Because of this, Lo tied him up with a BJJ armlock. Apparently at this point the crowd in the nightclub got involved. However, after breaking free from Lo’s grip. Velozo is accused of pulling out a revolver and shooting the BJJ competitor in the head.

Leandro Lo

Lo was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead after the shooting. Velozo is believed to have fled the scene of the crime before being caught by officials in Sao Paolo. He is now suspended from active duty pending an investigation.

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Source: HIS Education

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