Monday, July 13, 2009| Posted by admin
On Saturday LALATE told you first that former boxer Arturo Gatti was found dead. Then reports of foul play were released - blood stains on Gatti’s body but no gun or knife wounds. Finally, Sunday a major break.
A spokeswoman for the Pernambuco state civil police said Gatti suffered a head injury and strangulation by a purse. Authorities say they are preparing a formal accusation against Amanda Rodrigues Gatti.
Officials quickly released indications of why they suspected Gatti’s wife. They claimed Rodrigues, who is Brazilian, had no explanation how she was inside the same room 10 hours with Arturo Gatti and never noticed he was dead. Police found Gatti with blood on his body, laying on the floor in his underwear.
On Saturday, Family friend Acelino “Popo” Freitas told Globo TV’s that he recently “knew they were having some sort of problem and were about to separate.”
On Sunday, new witness reports claim the couple was jealous of each other, fought Friday night, and Gatti was drunk.
Currently, Amanda Carina Barbosa Rodrigues is inside the Recife city police station, police calling the crime a homicide, and indicating Monday they were release further details in a press conference. Gatti was 37.
Gatti was found dead Saturday in a hotel in Brazil, where he was taking a vacation with his wife, Amanda Carina Barbosa Rodrigues, and their young child.
The 37-year-old Canadian, who was born in Italy and made his name as a fighter based in New Jersey, was staying in the northeast seaside resort of Porto de Galihnas.
Rodrigues, 23, was being held in a police station in the city of Recife in connection with the killing, a police official in Porto de Galihnas told CNN.
Police official Osmar Silva Santiago confirmed local reports that Gatti’s body was found Saturday morning in his hotel room with strangulation marks.
“This crime is being investigated by our homicide experts and we hope to have more answers tomorrow,” Santiago said.
Police recovered a blood-stained purse strap from the scene, according to media reports.
Rodrigues became a suspect because of inconsistencies during her interrogation, local reports quoted homicide task force chief Josedith Ferreira as saying.
Gatti made his name in a series of three fights against “Irish” Micky Ward, losing the first but triumphing in the other two.
He held the IBF super-featherweight and WBC light-welterweight titles, and he also won the WBC junior welterweight belt but lost it to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2005.
Gatti retired in 2007 after suffering a knockout defeat by Alfonso Gomez in his comeback, ending with a record of 40 wins and nine losses.
He grew up in Montreal, Quebec, after leaving Italy at an early age, and returned to the city following his retirement.
According to Gatti’s official Web site, the Italian-born pugilist won “Fight of the Year” for three consecutive years.
Artuto Gatti’s wife, Amanda Rodrigues is now in police custody. Police interrogated Gatti’s wife and she reportedly made contradictory statements during questioning. Gatti’s wife, Amanda, is now a suspect in her husband’s death
The AP reported, a spokeswoman for the Pernambuco state civil police says Gatti was apparently strangled with the strap of a purse, which was found with blood stains at the scene.
According to a friend of Aruto Gatti and Amanda, the couple was having problems and were possible going to separate. Acelino “Popo” Freitas told the G1 Web site of Brazil’s largest TV network Globo that he was a close friend of Gatti and his wife, and that he “knew they were having some sort of problem and were about to separate.”, the AP reported yesterday.
Did Amanda Rodrigues Gatti murder her husband with their child nearby? We will have to wait for the police investigation to find out the answer.
Legendary boxer Arturo Gatti was found dead yesterday in a seaside resort in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil. Arturo Gatti, his wife Amanda and 10 month old where taking a second honeymoon in Brazil when his death took place.
Amanda Gatti photos and mugshots are nowhere to be found online yet. As pictures become available to us, we will post them.
If you are wondering, Amanda is 23 years old and Artuto Gatti was 37 years old.