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A former Jamaican cruiserweight boxing champion, O’Neil “Super Nova” Bell was shot and killed in Atlanta, Georgia yesterday morning, moments after he got off a bus.
Reports are that shortly after midnight, Bell and another man, with whom he was reportedly not familiar, got off a bus on Harbins Road in Atlanta.
They were reportedly approached by men driving in a motorcar, who opened fire at them.
Bell was found by Police with a gunshot wound to his torso.
The other man, who was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the right hip, was taken to hospital for treatment.
Police in Atlanta believe robbery was the motive and say four males may be involved in the shooting.
They were also looking for a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser with a Georgia license plate.
Surveillance footage from the area show the vehicle driving away from the crime scene.
O’Neil Bell, was born in Jamaica in 1975.
He moved with his family to the state of Delaware when he was five years old.
Bell moved to Atlanta in 1995 and worked as a driver for UPS before becoming a professional boxer three years later.
He held the boxing titles at the WBA, WBC and IBF cruiserweight levels, winning 26 fights, losing three and drawing one over a 13 year career.
He retired in 2011.
Bell who fought under the Jamaican flag, initially used the moniker ‘Give ‘Em Hell’ Bell, but later changed his nickname to ‘Supernova’.