Former boxing champion Edwin Valero, who was 28 and the father of two, was found dead in his jail cell early today. Police said he hanged himself after being arrested for his wife's murder. Edwin Valero is a Former Venezuelan boxer who gained fame for knocking out all of his 27 opponents.
Venezuelan Federal Police Chief Wilmer Flores told reporters that the former lightweight champion used his clothes to hang himself. On Sunday night, it was announced that prosecutors were planning to charge Valero of murder. He was arrested on Sunday for suspicion of killing his wife, after police found the dead body of his 24-year old wife in a hotel in Valencia. Police found three stab wounds on Viera's body. The weapon used in the killing is yet to be found as it was not recovered while the hotel room was searched. It is also reported that Valero left the hotel on Sunday morning and he told security that he had killed his wife Jennifer Viera. The couple had an 8-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter, who are now staying with their grandmother.
Valero has a history of messing with the law. He was charged with drunken driving in Texas. He was denied a U.S. visa because of that. Valero was involved in a motorcycle accident in 2001 that caused a cerebral hemorrhage because he was not wearing a helmet. He was unable to fight after the accident in the United States because most jurisdictions refuse to license a fighter who has sustained a brain injury.
Last month, Valero was charged with harassing his wife. He also misbehaved with a doctor and nurse at the hospital where his wife was being treated for a series of injuries, including a punctured lung and broken ribs. When the police arrested him, Valero denied any wrongdoing, stating that his wife stumbled from a stairway. Valero was sentenced to six months of psychiatric rehabilitation because of the attitude he showed at the hospital where his wife was treated.
He appeared at times as a special guest at televised events hosted byand had a tattoo of Hugo Chavez on his chest.