As I’m sure you all know, former world champion Vernon Forrest was shot and killed last weekend. Sadly, this is the third former champion who has prematurely left this world in July (along with Arturo Gatti and Alexis Arguello).
Below is a Vernon Forrest tribute video that was recently added to Youtube…
You can also learn about some of the work that Vernon did outside the ring…
I was fortunate to have met Vernon a few years ago, and communicated with him on a few occasions. He was obviously a talented boxer, but also a genuine, respectable man who gave back to his community.
It is mind boggling to think that he randomly pulled into a gas station, and then moments later he was murdered by complete strangers. His death certainly brings truth to the words below,
“No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow.” – Euripides
We all have bad days, but rarely does one think that life will be gone tomorrow. It is human nature to assume that we will continue to live another day. Tragedies such as the death of Vernon Forrest should remind us all that life can come and go in a split second. Life must be cherished, and never taken for granted.
My heart goes out to Vernon Forrest’s family. For those interested, you can find a guestbook at the obituary link below.