Funeral Monday for ex-boxing champ Vernon Forrest

Jul 28, 2009 - 9:55 PM ATLANTA(AP) -- A funeral is scheduled Monday for former boxing champion Vernon Forrest, who was killed in an attempted robbery over the weekend.

Forrest's manager, Charles Watson, says the service will be at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, just east of Atlanta. It will be open to the public.

Watson says notables, including boxers Oscar De La Hoya and Shane Mosley and R&B singer Frankie Beverly, are expected.

The 38-year-old Forrest was found shot to death Saturday night. Police say he exchanged gunfire with at least two robbery suspects before being shot multiple times in the back.

Forrest was a former IBF welterweight and two-time WBC junior middleweight champion with a 41-3 career record with 29 knockouts. He gained notoriety when he became the first boxer to defeat Mosley.

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