Friends and family remember young father, boxer

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by Matt Doyle

Milwaukee --  Friends and family remembered 26-year-old Rayvon Wilson Friday night. 

"The last time I spoke to him, he said 'I love you mommy.' And I said, 'I love you too'," Wilson's mother Cynthia McKnight said.

McKnight lost her son Thursday. He was murdered near 13th and Nash in Milwaukee.

"The way that he died does not define who he is.  But the way that he lived defined who he is. Rayvon is an extraordinary person."

Wilson died after someone shot him in his car while trying to rob him.  His three-year-old daughter was in the car with him.

"She is doing extraordinary," McKnight said.  "She is doing so wonderful. She is resting, of course, she missed her Daddy. It was tragic. She's doing extraordinary too."

Wilson spent time as a professional boxer a few years ago. But took time off.

"He was looking to get back into the ring and start boxing," McKnight said.  "That was something that he was passionate about."

He was training at Milwaukee's Cream City Boxing Gym.

"Rayvon was doing his best," Cream City owner Kirby Lockett said.  "The commitment he had for boxing and the love he had for it is going to be missed because we wish a lot of kids had that passion for it." 

Just like his friends and family have a passion for Wilson.  His mother plans to do what he would. 

"We are not going to let this murdering thing destroy our community," McKnight said.  "We are going to fight back."

Even in the most difficult of circumstances.

"I love you and I miss you," McKnight said.

MPD is still investigating this case. There are no suspects in custody.

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