Lo was shot in the head during a concert in Sao Paulo on early Sunday morning, his lawyer confirmed to news outlet G1. He was 33.
As per the police report, police officer Henrique Otávio Oliveira Velozo is a suspect in the investigation of Lo’s murder.
The report states that witnesses said Velozo grabbed a bottle from Lo’s table and the two got into a scuffle. After they were seperated, Velozo got back to his feet, pulled a gun and shot at the jiu-jitsu fighter’s forehead.
Lo was declared brain dead at the Dr. Arthur Ribeiro de Saboya hospital.
Henrique Otávio Oliveira Velozo, as per his LinkedIn profile that no longer exists, started working in 2012. He has changed six jobs since. He currently works as a Police Officer for Polícia Militar do Estado de São Paulo.
Lo founded the New School “NS” Brotherhood squad in 2015. The 33-year-old won all major BJJ competitions – Pan American Games, the World Cup, and the Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championships.
He won eight IBJJF World Championships since 2012. In California earlier this year, he won the gold medal in the light heavyweight division. The Brazilian legend defeated opponents like Gordon Ryan, Andre Galvao, Gilbert Burns, Roberto Satoshi, Augusto Mendes, Felipe Pena, Alan Belcher, Davi Ramos, and Dillon Danis.
“Devastating. Literally the reason I started my channel. The BJJ community mourns this loss,” a Twitter user said.
“This is a sad day for Brazilian jiu jitsu. A young man gone in his prime. Prayers to his family,” another one added.
“We lost a legend to senseless gun violence 💔🕊 RIP to Leandro Lo,” another one added.