According to the family’s lawyer, the athlete is already confirmed brain dead. He would have immobilized a man involved in a fight to calm the situation during a show at Clube Sírio, in Indianópolis. After the episode, the boy pulled out a gun, shot, and fled. Let’s see what happened, how Leandro Lo died, and his cause of death.
What happened to Leandro Lo?
World jiu-jitsu champion Leandro Pereira do Nascimento Lo, 33, was shot at a party inside the Clube Sírio, in the Indianópolis neighborhood, in the South Zone of São Paulo, in the early hours of Sunday (7). According to the fighter’s lawyer, the athlete’s brain death has already been confirmed.
Leandro Lo was shot in the head after an argument during the Pixote group’s pagode show inside the club. The suspect is identified and on the run.
The Combate channel had access to the incident report, which identifies the military police officer Henrique Otávio Oliveira Velozo as the suspect of the shooting. The crime was registered as attempted murder.
According to the family’s lawyer, Ivã Siqueira Junior, the fighter had an argument with the boy and, to calm the situation, immobilized the man. After walking away, the attacker drew a gun and shot the fighter once in the head.
The lawyer says that, after the shooting, the aggressor still kicked Leandro twice on the ground and then fled.
Few people heard the sound of the gunshot because the sound was loud due to the show.
How did Leandro Lo die?
A friend of the fighter who witnessed the crime said that the shooter was alone and provoked Lo and five friends, who were at a table.
“He arrived and took a bottle of liquor from our table. Lo just immobilized him to calm down. He took four or five steps and fired,” said the witness, who asked not to be named.
The athlete was rescued and taken to Arthur Saboya Municipal Hospital, in Jabaquara, also in the South Zone of SP.
The g1 contacted the Municipal Health Department to confirm the fighter’s health status, but the family did not authorize the release of medical status.
Clube Sírio and the Secretariat of Public Security were also contacted but did not respond to requests from the report for now.
Although the case is still under investigation, Lo will unquestionably be terribly missed. Lo made history and departed us far too soon. He was irreverent, cheerful, an ace, an 8-time world champion, and an inspiration for a generation.
Suspect & Motive: Who killed Leandro Lo?
The perpetrator kicked the victim twice on the ground after the gunshot, according to the defense lawyer, before fleeing.
Henrique Otávio Oliveira Velozo, a police officer, is a suspect in the killing of Lo. The name of the alleged perpetrator was initially made public by Combate. He hasn’t been captured as of yet.
Agfight also acknowledged his passing, despite the family’s request that the Hospital not provide any further information.
Medico topics have been trying to reach out to the family and relatives for comment on the incident. So far no responses have been received. We will update the page once enough information is available. More information on Leandro Lo cause of death will be added soon.
Leandro Lo is best known for his
Leandro Lo, whose full name is Leandro Lo Pereira do Nascimento, initially gained national attention in 2012 after becoming the first Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion. Until he made the decision to depart and start his own squad, NS Brotherhood, Lo was a student of Cicero Costha.
During his time as an active grappler, Lo advanced through three categories and earned every key title a Gi fighter could get. In 2017, he also attempted ADCC, but Australian grappler Craig Jones swiftly put an end to his Nogi journey.
Leandro Lo was jiu-jitsu world champion eight times. The last achievement, in the light heavyweight category, was in 2022, and the first was in 2012, in the lightweight category.
On social media, he describes the two titles as “the two most important career achievements”.
“The first [title] is the feeling of being world champion, that was I can still be world champion, the two best feelings of my life. Thank you everyone who is always with me in joy in sadness!”, he said in a post on social networks two months ago, when he remembered the anniversary of the world achievements.
By any account, Marcus Almeida Buchecha, a buddy of Lo’s who holds the World Record and ten world championships, is the finest active grappler.
Lo would compete in the US for another championship in the coming days, with four other fighters, according to a friend.
Tributes to Leandro Lo
Lo, who was 33 years old when he died, was born on May 11th, 1989. At this moment, our hearts and prayers are with his family and the bjj community.
BJJ Scout tweeted,
Devastating. Literally the reason I started my channel. The BJJ community mourns this loss. 8x Jiu Jitsu World champion Leandro Lo reported dead after a dispute with a man
This is a sad day for Brazilian jiu-jitsu. A young man gone in his prime. Prayers to his family. RIP to a legend, Leandro Lo.
Tiago Pamplona tweeted,
One of the biggest names in the history of Jiu Jitsu passed away this morning, at the age of 33. Leandro Lo certainly had much more to live for and conquer. Sad to see such a talented athlete leaving so soon.
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