How did Vernon Forrest Die?
Vernon Forrest was a true role model for us all. How did he die?
Vernon Forrest was found dead on July 25th, 2009 in Atlanta Georgia. He was 38. Vernon Forrest was shot to death at a gas station late in the evening. He had pulled over to air up the tire on his vehicle. His 11 year old godson was with him but had gone inside to buy a treat and go to the bathroom. A man came up to Vernon and asked him for money. Vernon pulled his wallet out to help the guy out when the man grabbed his wallet and ran. He ran after the robber but quit when he no longer had a visual on him. Vernon turned around to come back to his car and shots started being fired. Vernon was shot in the back torso and thigh seven times. Police are saying that he died immediately. There are conflicting reports from news articles posted online. Some are saying that he was also shot once in the head. Vernon is also said to have had his gun piece out but it is unknown at this point if he fired a weapon.
His godson did not see his godfather shot and is rumored to be the son of Vernon Forrest’s current fling.
He was a World Champion Boxer but that wasn’t what defined him. He also worked with PAL (Atlanta Police Athletic League) and helped coach kids at the A.D. Williams Rec Center. Vernon was well known for donating clothes and other things to PAL but under a veil of anonymity. He didn’t want to be known for all of his good deeds, he simply wanted to help. He would invite some of the kids from the programs he helped to his home on Sundays and simply just hang out with them and give them a good role model to be around.
Vernon also helped found Destiny’s Child. Destiny’s Child is an organization that has group homes in Atlanta, Georgia that is home to the mentally disabled. The organization provides housing and 24 hour care.
Vernon was not married at the time of his death. He leaves behind a son, Vernon Jr.
Vernon wasn’t just a boxer. He was the kind of man that you dream of hearing about. A man with fame that actually gives back to his community, he helped kids that he knew really needed it. He will be missed. The world has truly suffered a loss. Bless you Vernon, for you tried making a difference in the lives of children who really needed it.