Danny Kelly Jr. and his family experienced a horrible Christmas. Kelly, like many others, was on his way to a Christmas party with his girlfriend and three children. Around 4:30 p.m., someone unexpectedly pulled up next to their vehicle and opened fire. This was a terrible way to experience Christmas for anyone. Sadly, Danny Kelly Jr. lost his life.
According to WUSA9 News, The 30-year-old athlete was found unconscious in the driver’s seat of the automobile with several gunshot wounds and was subsequently confirmed dead by police. Fortunately, his fiancée, 9-year-old, 7-year-old, and 4-year-old children were not hurt.
It is unknown why the fatal shooting occurred at this time. Investigators, however, stated in a statement that they are presently investigating the event as a potential road rage incident and are seeking to identify a suspect and car.
David Blazer, Acting Major of the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Major Crimes Division, issued a statement regarding the terrible incident. He then urged any witnesses to come forward with information on the incident, which occurred in Temple Hills on the 4400 block of St. Barnabas Rd.
“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.”
“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. You can stay anonymous. We are committed to providing answers to his family.”
On Twitter Saturday, the Prince George’s County Police Department announced a $25,000 reward for anybody who offers information about the event that leads to an arrest or indictment. Prince George’s County Police Department released the complete facts in PGPD news.
Kelly was a well-known fighter in the boxing world. WUSA9 News spoke with his Godmother, Bernadine Walker, about the late fighter’s career. Following Kelly’s death, the father’s younger cousin Brian also left a note for the shooter with the outlet.
“He was a wonderful dad. He loved his babies. He loved his children … We traveled all over the place watching him boxing. Only for him to knock his opponent out in thirty seconds … He just had that trigger in him. He had that drive to be a good boxer.”
“You really took a big piece of my heart I thought I never had. I swear you crushed me.”
It’s heartbreaking for family members, especially small children, to witness the death of a loved one. Our hearts grieve for this family, and we will keep them in our prayers at this difficult time.