Former world-rated Karim Mayfield posted devastating family news this week after losing his brother in the Oakland area following an incident with the Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department (BART).
The 37-year-old, clearly distraught, relayed information that younger sibling Shaleem Tindle, 28, was killed on Wednesday.
“My Heart is aching right now. My little brother Shaleem was just murdered by Bart police in West Oakland yesterday,” said Mayfield on Thursday.
He then added: “My Heart Is Broken. I lost my little brother Shaleem last night. Please don’t ask me (if) I’m OK because I’m not.”
On his Instagram account, Mayfield paid tribute to Tindle: “My Earth was shaken before the earthquake last night. Rest in Paradise Lil’ bra.”
According to Police, Tindle was shot near West Oakland station when he refused to co-operate while in possession of a gun.
Witnesses say Tindle had been arguing with a man and been involved in a scuffle before shooting him in the leg. Police also say a gun was found at the scene.
Fighter Mayfield last fought in October when scoring a six-round decision victory over previously undefeated Miguel Dumas and holds stable career wins over Mauricio Herrera and ex-world champion Steve Forbes.
As recently as 2015, when Floyd Mayweather was contemplating opponents for his ‘final fight’ before retiring on 49-0, Mayfield was mentioned alongside Andre Berto as a frontrunner.
Eventually, Berto faced Mayweather in September, going down to a one-sided points reverse. It turned out to be the pound for pound king’s penultimate bout.
Mayweather returned against Conor McGregor last year, while Mayfield is still searching for that one victory that could propel him again into world title contention.
Following the Mayweather disappointment, Mayfield suffered damaging defeats to Bakhtiyar Eyubov and Dmitry Mikhaylenko and held a record of 20-4-1.