A Maryland boxer was shot dead in front of his three kids and girlfriend in what police say is a possible road rage incident.

Danny Kelly Jr. was driving with his family in Temple Hills, Maryland late in the afternoon on Christmas Eve when the shooting occurred.


Police say another car drove up to Kelly's vehicle and someone inside began shooting.

Kelly was found "unresponsive" in his SUV, according to a statement from thePrince George's County Police.

Kelly's girlfriend and three children – all under age 10 – were in the vehicle with him at the time of the incident.

The family reportedly had been on a shopping trip.

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Prince George's County Police are investigating the shooting, which took place on St. Barnabas Rd, as possible road rage, according to WUSA9.

“This is an absolutely heartbreaking loss for Mr. Kelly’s family and friends," said Acting Major David Blazer of the Major Crimes Division. 

"St. Barnabas Road is a heavily-traveled roadway. If any other drivers saw anything there on Christmas Eve or may have information that could help, please call us.

"You can stay anonymous. We are committed to providing answers to his family."

Who was Danny Kelly, Jr?

The 30-year-old had made strides in the boxing world.

BoxRec.com reports that Kelly's professional record included a 10-3-1 record with nine knockouts. 

Still, Kelly was young, both in his career and in life.

"I still can't believe that he won't answer my call," his cousin Brian told WUSA9.

"Which is crazy because I was just with him." 

Kelly's godmother, Bernadine Walker, told the outlet that he was a "wonderful dad."

"He loved his babies. He loved his children." 

Walker said the family often traveled to see Kelly in action.

"He just had that trigger in him.

He had that drive to be a good boxer."

As the circumstances surrounding the shooting remain unclear, the Prince George's County Police are offering a monetary reward of $25,000 to anyone with information leading to an arrest and indictment.

Detectives can be reached at 301-516-2512, or you can call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

You can also visit www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” app on your phone.

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