Edwin Valero has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife in Venezuela. (Photo via suljosblog.com)
UPDATE: ESPN.com's report has this:
[Venezuelan Federal Police Chief Wilmer] Flores said Valero left the hotel room around dawn on Sunday and told the hotel's security personnel that he had killed Viera.
This is a horrible story to have to talk about. Keep the comments as civil as you can.
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Shocking news out of Venezuela this afternoon, as Dan Molinski reports at BoxingScene.com that star boxer Edwin Valero has been arrested on suspicion of murder of his wife, who was found dead in a Valencia hotel room, stabbed several times. She was just 24 years old.
Since his February win over Antonio DeMarco, Valero's personal life has been one of constant police reports. He was suspected of beating his wife last month, but official charges weren't pressed after his wife claimed to have fallen down stairs. Valero did cause a scene in the hospital, and had to be taken in for that, but was released shortly thereafter and supposedly was going to undergo alcohol counseling.
Valero then intended to go to Cuba to train and undergo rehabilitation counseling, but instead missed his flight and crashed his car. Drunk, he attempted to flee the scene. Last week, says Jhonny Gonzalez at BoxingScene.com, Valero's "inner circle" told reporters that the fighter had been beating his wife.
Last year, Valero was accused of assaulting his mother and sister, but nothing much came of it despite a damaged reputation.
Now, the situation has taken a gruesome and horrifying turn.
There will be more on this situation as it develops, obviously. Rest in peace, Jennifer Carolina Viera de Valero.