The Exhumation of Edwin Valero and The Blue Jeans Mystery: Was Valero Murdered?
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
*Photo Credit: AP News
In May 2010, the body of former boxing champion Edwin Valero was exhumed on suspicion Valero was in fact murdered and strangled by the police who were holding him.
Valero had been arrested on April 18, 2010, for the murder of his wife Jennifer Carolina at a hotel in Valencia. Valero was found dead in his jail cell the following day in Carabobo, Venezuela. Valero told police thugs were following him and his wife earlier that night. Valero said he had passed out from drug and alcohol use. His wife was found dead from three stab wounds, but Valero said he did not do it. No murder weapon was ever found, and contrary to published reports, Valero woke up the next morning and immediately went to the police, but never told anyone he killed his wife.
Family members Edwin and Luis Valero requested the autopsy, pointing out Valero wore sweat pants into his cell, but was founded hanging by blue jeans which were not his, in his cell the following morning. Valero had been arrested on March 28, 2010, on a charge of domestic violence, but the charges were dropped when his wife claimed she fell down a flight of stairs, which had caused her injuries.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, an admirer of Valero, died on March 5, 2013. Valero is interred in Cemeterio Jardines de Cristo Rey El Vigia, in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela. He was 27-0 with 27 knockouts, and 28 years old when he passed away. Valero would be 36 years old if alive. It is hard to imagine Valero fighting higher than 147 pounds. It is easy to imagine Valero fighting Manny Pacquiao, Errol Spence, Terence Crawford, Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a super mega fight for millions.
Valero was, at times, to his close friends a kind hearted soul who sincerely liked to give out money to poor street kids, with whom he identified his own childhood experience of poverty. Valero fell in with the wrong crowd, and the young man who use to run beaches for hours wearing legs weights at 4 A.M. each morning had lost his discipline as he gradually lost to himself. Drugs and alcohol abuse aside, Valero’s family and friends feel he would never take his own life. Valero went to the police station voluntarily. If Valero was murdered, somebody did not like Valero. The results of the Valero instigation were never revealed, and with the death of Hugo Chavez, the mystery surrounding Valero‘s death will remain forever closed. The fact that the pants Valero supposedly hung himself with were never his, nor in his possession when he entered the cell, remains the critical link in solving the Valero mystery. Nobody seems to know how the blue jeans got there, or where they went, in terms of investigatory detail and forensic analysis into Valero’s death.