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Family, friends remember aspiring young boxer

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PHOENIX -

A memorial was held Saturday for a young valley man -- a prominent and up and coming boxer, who was killed suddenly and violently. 

Sulem Urbina wiped away the tears as she stood inside the gym where her brother fought -- a final farewell for the young champion.

"I was so proud of him and I still am so proud of him.. just talking about his accomplishments, how good he was, his strength and speed.. it really puts a smile on my face," she said.

A huge crowd gathered at Knockout Boxing Club to honor Alexis Urbina. 

A student at South Mountain High School, the 17-year-old stayed home from school on September 3.  That afternoon, his mother found him beaten and unconscious.  A few days later, he died from his injuries.

"He was a good friend.  He always made us laugh.  He played jokes and every time we felt bad, he would talk to us to cheer us up.  I would tell him everything," said Salvador Nicolas.

Alexis Santiago added, "He was a great boxer.  He liked to fight inside.. he had a great style, he was a great kid, a humble kid."

Urbina was an Olympic hopeful -- ranked number one in his age and weight class and on his way to Kazakhstan for an international boxing competition.

His death was a devastating blow to the boxing community and to those who loved him the most.

"It hurts really bad because even though I know when these guys are caught it will not bring him back, but it'll make us feel a little better to know that they are not going to do this to somebody else," said Sulem.

Alexis had trained with the Knockout Boxing Club since he began his career when he was 9-years-old.  His friends and family members sent out a plea, asking anyone with any information to please come forward.

If you have any information about this case, call the Phoenix Police or Silent Witness.  You can remain anonymous and receive a cash award for tips leading to an arrest or indictment.

TIP LINES: (602) 262-6151 or (480) WITNESS

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