- Leandro Lo was confirmed dead after being reportedly shot by a police officer in Brazil
- A number of MMA stars mourned the passing of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend
On Saturday, news broke that Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Leandro Lo has been shot dead in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Lo’s lawyer confirmed the devastating news to Brazilian news outlet G1, stating the 33-year-old was shot at a concert in Sao Paolo.
Already brain dead
In a report obtained by MMA Junkie, police officer Henrique Otavio Oliveira Velozo was identified as suspect, having had “a physical altercation” with Lo prior to the shooting. Velozo allegedly “grabbed a bottle from Lo’s table” and the jiu-jitsu legend responded by taking him down to the ground. After finally being separated, Velozo allegedly “pulled a gun and shot Lo in the forehead.”
Lo was rushed to the hospital but was declared already “brain dead, the legal definition for death” while still on the way to the hospital.
MMA community mourns
Lo was a recognized name in jiu-jitsu and was lauded by many in the sport. He was a multi-time BJJ world champion, having copped victories in the World Cup, Pan American championships and Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championships.
After hearing the news, the MMA community grieved for his untimely demise.
Saddened to hear about the tragic loss of Leandro Lo. One of the greatest Jiu Jitsu players ever. Absolutely tragic. My condolences to his family and friends
— John Gooden (@JohnGoodenUK) August 7, 2022
RIP my brother Leandro Lo ❤️ l pic.twitter.com/ILLISdynhi
— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) August 7, 2022
RIP Leandro Lo!
— Joao Zeferino (@zeferinomma) August 7, 2022
Wow. Unbelievably tragic news about Leandro Lo. RIP to a jiu jitsu legend. Shocking.
— Marc Goddard (@marcgoddard_uk) August 7, 2022
A very sad day for the BJJ community. Leandro was a legend. https://t.co/zxbCP2E2SK
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) August 7, 2022
Jiu-jitsu legend Leandro Lo shot to death in Brazil https://t.co/IrA6KkuaDg
Street violence is filled with Uncontrolled emotions
Lack of confidence
This was over a alcohol bottle.
Quite unfortunate …
— CharlesAirJourdain (@JourdainAir) August 7, 2022