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MMA fighter Jahreau Shepherd stabbed to death at own birthday party

Jahreau Shepherd’s 30th birthday celebration turned tragic on Saturday when the British MMA fighter was killed in South London, The Sun reported.

The welterweight fighter, known as “The Nightmare,” was knifed and died at the scene, police said. According to an eyewitness account, paramedics tried to save him, with his mother shouting, “please keep going, please save my baby.”

Mourners returned to offer tribute on Monday to Shepherd, leaving bouquets and candles. A photo of him holding championship belts was placed at the memorial.

“He lived and breathed fighting,” his cousin, Tanisha Shepherd, said. “He was so looking forward to the gym opening again after the lockdown and was lining up a fight. He had everything to live for. He helped keep the young people on the straight and narrow and was a role model.”

Shortly following Shepherd’s death, a 26-year-old checked into a local hospital with stab wounds. No arrests have been made as of yet, police said. A murder investigation is ongoing. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with funeral costs.

Shepherd had a 6-2 record in his fighting career and won titles in both CEA and UCMMA in his last two bouts.

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