Former boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho remains on life support a day after being labeled brain dead following a drive-by shooting in Puerto Rico as his family starts planning his funeral.
Camacho, 50, was shot in the jaw during the drive-by shooting in San Juan that killed the driver of the car, Mojica Moreno. Police found nine small bags of cocaine in the car during their investigation and determined that eight of the bags belonged to Moreno, TMZ reported.
The family of the four-time boxing champion from Puerto Rico said they would not take Camacho off life support before Saturday, Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia reported Friday.
"They won't take him off the machines. God says when he will die," Ismael Landry, Camacho’s former manager, told the paper, according to Reuters. "Camacho is a warrior, and we believe he is battling to stay alive."
The El Nuevo Dia report conflicts with information from TMZ, which quoted Camacho’s representative as saying the boxer’s family planned to take him off life support.
While Camacho’s family prays for a miracle, they are also planning for his funeral. The family is thinking about holding services for the 50-year-old ex-champ in New York, where he grew up, and holding a public wake in Puerto Rico.
There have been no arrests in the drive-by shooting. Police believe two men were behind the attack, which was carried out behind a liquor store as Camacho and Moreno were parked inside the car.
Moreno died at the scene while Camacho was taken to a local hospital in cardiac arrest. He was declared brain dead on Thursday.
Camacho grew up in New York City’s Spanish Harlem. He fought in 88 professional bouts, compiling a record of 79-6-3 with 38 wins coming by knockout.
The fighters Camacho stepped into the ring with include Oscar de la Hoya, Julio Cesar Chavez, Roberto Duran and Felix Trinidad.
Camacho won four professional titles in his career, including the WBC Super featherweight, WBC lightweight and WBO Junior Welterweight belts.
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