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Bellator's Isaiah Chapman shot dead outside Akron home; suspect arrested, charged with murder

MMAJunkie logo MMAJunkie 4/9/2020 Simon Samano
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(Editor’s note: Story updated to reflect suspect being arrested and charged with murder late Wednesday night.)

Bellator fighter Isaiah Chapman died Tuesday night after being shot multiple times outside his home in Akron, Ohio.

On Wednesday, the Akron Beacon Journal, citing Akron police Lt. Michael Miller, reported that officers responded to a call of shots being fired at 9:40 p.m. local time. When they arrived on the scene, they found a 30-year-old man in the street with gunshot wounds. The man was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A person close to Chapman, 30, told MMA Junkie on Wednesday that Chapman was the victim in the shooting. Members of Chapman’s family also have shared the news of his shooting death on social media. Bellator matchmaker Rich Chou paid tribute to Chapman on Twitter.

Bellator issued a statement on Chapman’s death on Twitter.

Christopher Blour, 29, was arrested Wednesday night by the U.S. Marshal’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and Akron police. He’s been charged with murder and is being held in Summit County Jail, according to the Journal.

According to his Tapology profile, Chapman was a professional fighter since 2012. His last fight took place in October of last year at Bellator 232, where he lost to Patchy Mix by submission in a bantamweight bout. Chapman posted a career record of 9-4.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help with Chapman’s funeral arrangements. A father of three, Chapman leaves behind two daughters and a son.


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