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Professional Boxer is Slain in Front of His Kids on Christmas Eve

A professional boxer from Maryland was tragically killed in front of his girlfriend and three kids – on of all nights — Christmas Eve.

Danny Kelly Jr was apparently the victim of road rage.

According to police, Kelly, a 30-year-old resident of Clinton, Md., was driving to a holiday gathering with his children and gal pal in nearby Temple Hills on the afternoon of Dec. 24, when a car pulled up next to his vehicle, and someone inside the other car opened fire, according to the department’s preliminary probe.

“At this time, detectives are looking into whether this was possible road rage,” local police said in a statement.

Cops found Kelly unconscious in the driver’s seat of the SUV with multiple gunshot wounds, the Prince George’s County Police Department announced in a statement to the Press. He was later pronounced dead.

Neither his girlfriend nor three children were harmed in the shooting, police said.

“This is an absolutely heartbreaking loss for Mr. Kelly’s family and friends,” said Acting Major David Blazer of the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Major Crimes Division.

“He is not home with his loved ones on Christmas who are now mourning his loss instead of celebrating the holiday.”

“St. Barnabas Road [where the shooting occurred] 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,” he said. “You can stay anonymous. We are committed to providing answers to his family.”

Detectives are working on identifying the shooter and the vehicle involved. The Prince George’s County Police Department is offering $25,000 for information leading to an arrest of the shooter.

According to, Kelly had a record of 10-3-1 on the professional boxing circuit, including nine knockouts.