South African fighter, Baby Lee allegedly shot dead by police boyfriend

South African fighter, Leighandre 'Baby Lee' Jegels allegedly killed by police boyfriend

World karate, continental and SA boxing female champion Leighandre Jegels has been shot and killed on Friday, allegedly by her police officer boyfriend, whom she had a protection order against.

Jegels’ mother, who was also shot in the attack, was rushed to an East London hospital.

A 37-year-old police Tactical Response Team officer was later arrested about 15km from Peddie after the hired white Mercedes-Benz he had been driving was involved in an accident. One person was killed in the accident while four others were injured, the police confirmed Friday afternoon.

Jegels’s father, Anslin, who was at the scene in Voortrekker Road near Da Gama textile shops, was too distraught to speak to the media. Makhanda police cluster spokesperson Captain Mali Govender confirmed the arrest.

When the WBA Pan-African junior-bantamweight boxing champ was shot dead, she had been travelling in her Volkswagen GTI with her mother to a gym session at Zolani Tete’s All-Winners Boxing Club in Mdantsane’s NU1.

She had been training for her ring return against Siphosethu Nxazonke in a junior-bantamweight non-title clash in Mthatha on October 2.

East London police spokesperson Captain Hazel Mqala confirmed the two were flagged down by the suspect who was already standing on the Da Gama turn-off.

Jegels and the accused lived together in Cove Rock until the boxer obtained a protection order against him, sources said.

“She did report allegations of domestic violence against the suspect.

“The guy was standing near the Da Gama textile factory turn-off. She noticed him and got out of the car to talk to him but he pulled out a gun and shot her in the face three times, and proceeded by shooting the mother,” a source said.

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