CARACAS – Former world lightweight boxing champion Edwin “Inca” Valero committed suicide in the wee hours Monday in his jail cell after being detained in connection with the murder of his wife, police chief Wilmer Flores said.
He said the fighter, who was confined to a cell in a police station in the northern state of Carabobo, hanged himself at 1:30 a.m. with his own clothes. Another inmate told police officers what had happened.
“An inmate in an adjoining area heard noises in the cell and told the police, who came immediately and found the body of the boxer Valero, who used his own clothing to hang himself with,” Flores told state television.
On Sunday, the police chief said that Valero confessed to killing his wife, Jennifer Carolina Viera.
Valero and his wife were staying at a hotel in the city of Valencia, where Viera was found stabbed to death early Sunday.
At the time the fighter was free on bail for the recent physical abuse of his wife and family members.
Valero was arrested on March 25 for beating his wife.
Later, on April 8, sports media reported that Valero had gone to Havana to continue medical treatment and to prepare for his next bout.
In September 2007 Valero had already been reported for hitting his mother and his sister after a family argument, something that happened again last year.
In his last fight, the Venezuelan, unbeaten in 27 matches, beat Antonio DeMarco last February to retain his WBC lightweight title in a fight in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey. EFE