Jahreau Shepherd’s 30th birthday celebration turned tragic on Saturday when the British MMA fighter was killed in South London, The Solar reported.

The welterweight fighter, often called “The Nightmare,” was knifed and died on the scene, police mentioned. In keeping with an eyewitness account, paramedics tried to save lots of him, along with his mom shouting, “please preserve going, please save my child.”

Mourners returned to supply tribute on Monday to Shepherd, leaving bouquets and candles. A photograph of him holding championship belts was positioned on the memorial.

“He lived and breathed combating,” his cousin, Tanisha Shepherd, mentioned. “He was so wanting ahead to the health club opening once more after the lockdown and was lining up a battle. He had all the pieces to dwell for. He helped preserve the younger individuals on the straight and slim and was a task mannequin.”

Shortly following Shepherd’s dying, a 26-year-old checked into a neighborhood hospital with stab wounds. No arrests have been made as of but, police mentioned. A homicide investigation is ongoing. A GoFundMe account has been set as much as assist with funeral prices.

Shepherd had a 6-2 document in his combating profession and received titles in each CEA and UCMMA in his final two bouts.