Boxer Felix Verdejo charged in horrifying kidnapping, death of pregnant lover
Felix Verdejo is injured in the gruesome death of his pregnant lover. (Mikey Williams / Top Rank via Getty Images)
Light boxer Felix Verdejo was charged with the kidnapping death of his pregnant lover, authorities said on Sunday evening.
Verdejo turned into federal agents in San Juan after the body of 27-year-old Keishla Rodriguez was found in a lagoon in Puerto Rico. Rodriguez had been reported missing in U.S. territory two days before her body was discovered.
The US prosecutor announced late Sunday that Verdejo is charged with kidnapping, carjacking, and willful death of an unborn child, according to the Associated Press. The prosecution carries a maximum death penalty.
Horrific allegations against Verdejo
A complaint filed by the FBI accuses Verdejo of kidnapping Rodriguez, slapping her in the face and injecting her with an unidentified substance bought in a public housing complex through a syringe. Verdejo then tied her hands and feet together with heavy wire, tied them to a heavy block, and tossed them over a bridge into a lagoon at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Officials say Verdejo then fired multiple shots at her body.
According to the FBI complaint, a person claiming to be an accomplice has contacted them. The person says that Verdejo "asked for his help to end the pregnancy". This person says he helped Verdejo tie up Rodriguez and throw her over the bridge.
Rodriguez's body was found on Saturday and identified from dental records on Sunday.
Rodriguez's mother says Verdujo threatened her
Rodriguez's mother, Keila Ortiz, told reporters the last time she heard from her daughter Thursday when she was on her way to meet Verdejo at her home to show him the results of a pregnancy test. Verdejo, 27, is married to another woman and has one daughter.
Verdejo, 27, knew Rodriguez from middle school and, according to Rodriguez's parents, had a relationship with her. Her mother told reporters that he warned her not to have his baby.
"I told her 'be careful' because he threatened her not to have a baby, that he had his family, that he is a boxer, that he is a public figure," Ortiz told reporters.
Rodriguez was reported missing after failing to show up for her job in a pet care store on Thursday.
Local authorities identified Verdejo as a person of interest on Friday when it remained a missing person case. He did not work with the San Juan Criminal Investigation Corps, according to the local newspaper El Nuevo Día. The FBI became involved when the report turned the case into a kidnapping investigation.
Verdego turned into an agency hours after Rodriguez's body was identified on Sunday.
Verdejo has a professional record of 27-2 with 17 knockout games. He signed with Top Rank after playing for Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympics, where he reached the quarterfinals.
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