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Brother Of Slain Former FAMU Football Player Fights In The Ring And For The Community

By: Garin Flowers Email
By: Garin Flowers Email

For Willie Ferrell, motivation comes from the heart and the mind.

The 23-year-old Tallahassee native is a boxer competing nationwide.

He just started training last year, but says he has already been the number one heavyweight in collegiate boxing.

"I always loved boxing," Ferrell said.

Ferrell now competes without his best friend cheering him on. His older brother Jonathan Ferrell, a FAMU grad and former football player, was shot and killed by a police officer in North Carolina in September. The shooting was considered unjustified and the officer was arrested.

Jonathan told Willie's trainer to always look after his little brother.

"I'm pretty sure it would affect anyone, losing his brother, you know his best friend and having to deal with that, but I can say Willie handled it like a real man. He focused on his family and came right back in the gym the next week," said Kimmus Jones, Willie's trainer.

Ferrell now hopes to turn his brother's tragic death into a worthy cause. His family is hosting a toy drive and looking to put smiles on a lot of kids faces.

"Our mother was one of the parents that didn't have much at all, but she always did what she had to do to give - to us and children that weren't even birthed by her and I know it would be something positive that Jonathan would be proud of," Ferrell said.

Ferrell trains to get better in the ring and fights to make a difference in his community.


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