South Phoenix family wants answers in their boxer son's death
(Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
The Urbina family is left with a lot of questions after they found their middle son severely beaten in their South Phoenix home. He died Thursday from his injuries.
Alexis Urbina, 17, was a promising boxer with a national title and Olympic dreams. On Tuesday, Urbina was home alone, when someone entered the house and severely beat him. His mother found him unconscious and covered in blood in the family's living room about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
According to Urbina's mom, he had multiple cuts around his face and neck and doctors told her that his brain had swollen to three times its size. The injuries left him brain dead and on life support at the hospital where he died Thursday.
As for a motive, the family only suspects jealousy. The reason for this suspicion is the person who targeted Urbina only concentrated on his head during the attack and the family tells CBS 5 News that the person responsible stole some of Urbina's boxing memorabilia.
Urbina recently won a national title in boxing. He was scheduled to represent the U.S. in Kazistan this December in the International Grand Prix and hoped to compete in the 2016 Olympics.
Phoenix Police Department Sgt. Trent Crump said investigators are treating his death as a homicide. They're waiting for an autopsy to determine the cause. So far there are no leads or suspects in this case. Police said there were no obvious signs of forced entry but items were missing from home.
Crump said the motive could be robbery but it's not clear at this point.
Anyone with information on the crime should call Phoenix police at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.
On Saturday, September 21, Urbina's boxing group, Iron Boy 9 will be attending an event at Celebrity Theater. Click here for more details.
Stay with CBS 5 News and cbs5az.com for updates on this developing story.
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