A professional boxer was fatally shot on Christmas Eve while driving with his family in Maryland. Prince George’s County Police Department urged anyone with information to come forward in this ongoing investigation.
According to a police statement, Danny Kelly Jr, 30, his girlfriend and his three children were heading to a holiday dinner. Kelly was driving northbound on St. Barnabas Road in Temple Hills. Investigators believe the suspect’s vehicle pulled next to Kelly’s SUV and someone inside the suspect’s vehicle fired at Kelly.
The police arrived at approximately 4:40 pm and discovered Kelly unresponsive in the driver’s seat with gunshot wounds. Kelly was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. No one else in Kelly’s SUV was injured.
“At this time, detectives are looking into whether this was possible road rage,” the police stated.
According to WUSA, Kelly’s children are ages 4, 7 and 9.
“This is an absolutely heartbreaking loss for Mr. Kelly’s family and friends. He is not home with his loved ones today on Christmas who are now mourning his loss instead of celebrating the holiday,” Acting Major David Blazer of the Major Crimes Division said.
Kelly, of Clinton, Md., was well-known in the boxing community and fought professionally in arenas that included the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, according to WUSA. He had a 10-3-1 record with nine KOs.
“St. Barnabas Road is a heavily-traveled roadway. If any other drivers saw anything there on Christmas Eve or may have information that could help, please call us,” Blazer said. “You can stay anonymous. We are committed to providing answers to his family.”
The police are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Contact the authorities at 301-516-2512. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).