Funeral & Memorial services for 17 year old National Amateur Boxing Champion Alexis Urbina are set for Friday 9/13 and Saturday 9/14. Alexis was beaten to death on Tuesday 9/3 at his home in Phoenix, Arizona.
The coward(s) responsible for this senseless act of violence remain at large. His passing (officially announced on 9/6) has grabbed state, national and international headlines and touched the heart heart strings of total strangers who never knew Alexis and weren’t avid boxing fans.
And when the grief stricken family stepped forward and asked for help to bury their beloved son, brother and champion; the city of Phoenix and State of Arizona knew what to do.
So far, the family has collected thousands of dollars from car washes, passing the hat collections, online contributions and an account set up with the cooperation of Chase Bank. A photographer/ boxing fan donated several signed Saul “Canelo” Alvarez photos with the clear stipulation that the valuable collectibles would be made available for $100.00 each and all of the proceeds would be given to the heart broken family.
There are countless feel good stories…
Dr. Joseph Sun was out running an errand, over the weekend, when he passed by a Phoenix Taco Bell Restaurant and noticed a group of people washing cars. The physician saw Alexis Urbina’s name on a sign and didn’t need any more convincing. The outpouring of goodwill and love from the Phoenix community has been phenomenal.
I attended a boxing event recently and saw a boy, not over six years old, pull a dollar out of his pocket and place it in a donation for Alexis jar. At the end of the smoker, the total reached almost $200.00. Anyone wishing to donate can contribute at any Chase Bank, worldwide,or go online at www.gofundme.com. Attention Alexis Urbina Soto. The Chase account is listed under Sulem Urbina Ochoa, sister of Alexis.
Viewing for Family and Friends will he held on Friday, September 14 at La Paz Funeral Home, 1551 W. Van Buren Street in Phoenix between the hours of 5-8 p.m.
Memorial Service: Held at 602 South 16th Street in Phoenix on Saturday, September 14 (9-10 a.m.) at the Knockout Boxing Club, training facility for Alexis. Everyone is asked to wear white to the memorial as Alexis would have wished. Expect a large turnout. Arrive early and park safely.