Arrest made in boxer's murder

September 20, 2008 4:13:02 PM PDT
Police have made an arrest in the murder of an up-and-coming boxer from the Bronx. Detectives did not release the suspect's identity, but said authorities arrested him in Virginia. He will soon be extradited to New York.

Back on August 16th, surveillance video captured the fight that left 20-year-old Ronney Vargas dead. The three-time Golden Glove champ was shot in the chest as he sat in his car outside a bodega in East Tremont.

Investigators say two men became angry when they saw their girlfriends talking with Vargas. After arguing, Vargas drove away with his friends. But the suspects followed his car and cut him off. Then, one of the men pulled a gun and pistol-whipped Vargas before shooting him in the chest.

The video shows Vargas' car as he backed up, striking several other cars before getting out of the car and collapsing.

Vargas left behind not only a loving family, but also a promising boxing career. Vargas won the Golden Gloves junior middleweight title three times before turning professional in September. He went on to win all eight of his pro fights.

Vargas was set to fight October 18 in Atlantic City.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King

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