Joe Guzman boxing coach passed away, community mourns his death
Joe Guzman Death – Tuesday night’s boxing session at the Golden Gloves Youth Center, located in the Northside neighborhood of Fort Worth, was particularly intense. After one of their longstanding instructors and mentors was shot and died at a residence in the northwest part of Fort Worth on Monday night, coaches and fighters of all ages consoled one another in the aftermath of the tragedy. Joe Guzman was named as the victim of the shooting by members of his family.
Fort Worth Police reported
After a verbal confrontation between the suspect and the victim, which escalated into a physical altercation, the Fort Worth Police Department reports that the suspect, a male family member who was under the age of 18, shot and killed the victim, who was 60 years old. According to the police, officers responded at the residence located along the 3300 block of Ray Simon Drive and provided medical assistance to the victim. Guzman was pronounced dead at the hospital. The juvenile suspect was taken into custody and brought to the facility that houses juvenile detainees. “It’s very sad,” said Fort Worth PD public information officer Buddy Calzada. “Not just when you lose a life, but when you have relatives involved like this.”
The FWPD did not disclose the boy’s age or his connection to Guzman in their statement. The identify of the victim or their age has not been made public as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. Reporter was told by Joe Basan, vice president of the Texas Golden Gloves Youth Center, that he had known Guzman for more than twenty years. According to Basan, Guzman worked as a coach at the facility for more than 25 years. “It’s tragic,” Basan said. “I can’t believe that it happened to him. We’re used to seeing him every day.” Arturo Ortega, who was coached by Guzman, told the press that Guzman was in his life since the day he was born and even coached Ortega’s father.
“It’s not just a coach it’s not just a trainer he’s my family, I see him like a grandpa figure,” Ortega said. Ortega stated that Guzman was always ready to provide a helping hand and, during the years, even took Ortega to baseball sessions when his parents were working. Guzman is also mentioned in the passage as having helped Ortega financially. According to Basan, Guzman served as a mentor and coach to a number of boxers who subsequently entered the professional ranks. “Golden Gloves without him, isn’t gonna be the same,” Basan said. “It’s gonna affect all of us.”
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