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Local boxer killed while leaving Baton Rouge bar Tuesday morning

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BATON ROUGE - A boxer from Baton Rouge died after shots were fired near a bar early Tuesday morning. 

The incident was reported before 2:30 a.m. near Bennie's Bar on North Street. Police identified the victim as 35-year-old Justin Thomas. Authorities say he was walking to his car from the bar when he was shot.

Thomas was rushed to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead. His manager confirmed the news Tuesday, saying he had a match scheduled for later this year.

There are no known suspects or motives at this time. The investigation is ongoing. 

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