Shot boxing champion dies on lawnReko Rennie
March 10, 2009 - 2:29PM
Former Australian heavyweight champion Vince Cervi was gunned down in
the driveway of his Preston house last night.
The champion boxer, 41, known as the 'Voodoo Man', was killed by a gun
shot wound to his stomach.
Police have charged a 45-year-old man with the shotgun murder at a home
in Melbourne's north last night.
As investigations continued at the scene of the shooting this morning,
police charged a man they arrested at the Preston house.
Cervi died after he was shot at least once. Police found the man
bleeding on the front lawn of the Dalgety Street house at 8pm and tried
desperately to revive him before paramedics arrived. He died on the
property's front lawn.
The accused was arrested at the house and taken to St Kilda Road police
headquarters for questioning.
The cream weatherboard house, metres from High Street and Preston Girls
Secondary College, remained cordoned off this morning, a concreting
business truck in the driveway. Two detectives carried out a machine,
about a metre square, several plastic bags that appeared to contain
powder and a few beer bottles.
A man who arrived in a ute appeared shocked when police told him what
The man, who did not want to be identified, said he worked with Cervi,
who was a concreter, but declined to comment further.
Many neighbours, some with children, said they were unwilling to talk to
the media but Dalgety Street resident Mary Velanis, said the killing was
"quite a shock''.
"It's usually a quiet neighbourhood,'' she said. "Of course it's a
concern. It's your backyard. It's very quiet around here and nothing
like this has ever happened. It does concern me.
"Everyone's got kids around here and you've got a school up there and I
just hope it doesn't go on.''
Ms Velanis said she'd often seen the victim in the street and had never
had any problems with him.
Another resident, Maria, who said she had lived in the street for 52
years and had never seen any trouble there, said she was in shock. She
said Cervi was "a good man'', an "Italiano''.
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