Former Olympian boxer Felix Verdejo has been charged in the death of his pregnant lover in Puerto Rico

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In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Felix Verdejo is interviewed after defeating Will Madera (not pictured) during their lightweight bout at MGM Grand Conference Center Grand Ballroom on July 16, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Felix Verdejo is interviewed after defeating Will Madera (not pictured) during their lightweight bout at MGM Grand Conference Center Grand Ballroom on July 16, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images
  • Boxer Félix Verdejo Sánchez has been charged in the death of a a pregnant woman in Puerto Rico.

  • He faces charges including kidnapping resulting in death, carjacking resulting in death, and killing an unborn child.

  • The woman he is accused of killing his 27-year-old lover Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz.

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Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo Sánchez is facing federal charges in the disappearance and death of a pregnant woman in Puerto Rico.

Verdejo, who competed in the 2012 Olympics, turned himself in to authorities on Sunday night and faces charges including kidnapping resulting in death, carjacking resulting in death, and killing an unborn child, the US Attorney's Office for the District of Puerto Rico said in a press release.

The woman he is accused of killing his 27-year-old lover Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz. Ortiz was pregnant with Verdejo's child, the woman's mother told reporters, according to CBS News.

The woman's mother told reporters the boxer and her daughter had known each other since middle school and that Verdejo, who is married, had told her not to have the baby.

According to a criminal complaint, a witness told the FBI that Rodríguez and Verdejo met on Thursday before Rodríguez disappeared.

Following a conversation, "Verdejo punched the victim in the face, and she was injected with a syringe filled with substances purchased from a drug point," the criminal complaint said.

Rodríguez was then tied with a wire and had a block tied to her, the criminal complaint said.

"Verdejo and the Witness then drove onto the bridge, where the Victim was removed from the vehicle and tossed off the side of the bridge into the water," according to the criminal complaint. "Verdejo shot at the Victim with a pistol from the bridge."

Law enforcement officers found Rodríguez's car abandoned, and later found her body in a lagoon.

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