Name: Gus Rahming
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA
Died: 2004-04-05 (Age:25)
Hometown: Miami, Florida, USA
Boxing Record: click
Gus Rahming was one of the hottest boxing prospects in South Florida during the 1990s. One of nine children, he had a reputation as a great fighter, and as "one tough son-of-a-gun." Rahming won the Florida State Golden Gloves Championship three times, as well as winning a USA Boxing District Tournament. Herald reporter Nicholas Spangler wrote, " Gus was great, they say. They talk about talent, hunger, potential-use all those words they always use to talk about a man's ability to get into the ring and pummel another man and take whatever pain comes back. He was great in this regard, among the greatest in the nation."
Rahming trained at the Tropical Park Gym under former professional boxers Duane Simpson and David Clark. On February 4, 1995, Rahming defeated Carlton Laurent in the finals, to win the Florida State Golden Gloves Championship in the 156 pound division.
On January 20, 1996, Rahming scored his biggest amateur victory, a three-round decision over previously undefeated David Lewter at the South Florida Regional Golden Gloves Championships. Lewter was 20-0 coming into the fight.
About two weeks later, on February 3, 1996, Rahming, then a sophomore at Coral Gables High School, decisioned Orlando, Florida's Carlton Laurent to win the Florida State Golden Gloves Championship in the 156lbs. Division. Rahming was fighting out of the Tropical Park Boxing Center at the time.
In a rematch with David Lewter on August 23, 1996 in Pembroke Pines, Florida, Rahming 21-5-0 again took the decision over Lewter 26-2-0.
In 1997, Metro-Dade Boxing Director Dwaine Simpson said in the Miami Herald, " If he can get there, Gus Rahming will be a national champion." However, in that same year, at the South Florida Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament, Rahming lost his undefeated record, being decisioned by Cornelius Williams in an upset.
In 1998, prior to the March South Florida Golden Gloves Tournament, Miami Herald sports writer Santos A. Perez wrote, " One boxer who hopes to duplicate Lewis'(Lennox)accomplishments (of capitalizing on a successful amateur career to reach a world championship) is 156-pound Gus Rahming." However, Rahming decided to give up his dreams of an Olympic Gold Medal and turn professional.
But Rahming's life outside the ring was a difficult one and his boxing career was sidetracked as a result. According to the Miami-Dade County Clerk Criminal Justice and Civil Infraction Case records, Rahming was arrested 10 times between September 1998 and January 2004. His charges were for cocaine possession, armed robbery, carjacking, trespassing, loitering, disorderly conduct, and battery. He survived a gunshot wound to the leg and in 2002, he was convicted of trespassing and loitering. An eye infection also helped end his promising boxing career.
On April 5, 2004, Rahming was being watched by a special police narcotics team while he allegedly sold drugs in an apartment parking lot at the corner of Northwest 27th Avenue and Ali Baba Boulevard, Opa-Locka. He was shot in the stomach four times and killed by Miami-Dade County Police Ofc. Victor Gil while running down the hallway of the complex, after pointing a gun at the officer.
Rahming's shooting death sparked protests from his Opa-Locka, Florida community. His father had to be restrained by police officers at the scene of the shooting. Witnesses claimed that Gus Rahming was running away when he was shot and killed. Witnesses complained that children were exposed to police gun fire, and that they witnessed Rahming's shooting death. Some witnesses said they heard Officer Gil yell at Rahming to drop his gun, but neighbors who saw the shooting disputed those claims. Some said they were sure Rahming did not have a gun.
Neighbor Patricia Figueroa said Rahming was not armed and that she did not hear officers telling Rahming to put his gun down. The shooting attracted the scrutiny of PULSE, a civil rights group active in the Miami-Dade area. Nathaniel Wilcox, the leader of PULSE said, " Our concern is that the investigation is done properly."
Rahming was survived by son (who was nine at the time of the shooting), and his father, Gus Rahming, Sr., a pastor at a Liberty City, Florida church. " He (my son) had problems, " said the senior Rahming. " All he needed was a chance at life."
- Boxing-Scoop.com:Gus Rahming's Amateur Boxing Record:http://www.boxing-scoop.com/show_boxer.php?boxer_ID=11223.
- Miami Times, April 13, 2004: CITY OF OPA-LOCKA UPSET OVER POLICE KILLING.
- Miami Herald, April 7, 2004, Metro and State, page 1B: FOR SLAIN BOXER, A LIFE OF HARD KNOCKS, by Nicholas Spangler.
- Local10.com, April 6, 2004, 1:18p.m.:RESIDENTS ANGRY OVER POLICE SHOOTING. POLICE SAY SUSPECT POINTED GUN AT OFFICER.
- Miami Herald, April 6, 2004, Metro and State, page 1B: FORMER AMATEUR BOXING CHAMP SHOT AND KILLED BY MIAMI-DADE OFFICER, by Tere Figueras.
- The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, April 7, 2004: AMATEUR BOXER POINTS GUN AT POLICE, KILLED BY OFFICER IN DRUG BUST, by Diana Marrero.
- Miami Herald, March 1, 1998, Section C, page 11: OPENING BELL FOR GOLDEN GLOVES, by Santos A. Perez.
- Miami Herald, October 2, 1997, Neighbors, page 23KF: FIGHTING CHANCE.
- Miami Herald, March 1, 1997, Sports, page 7D: PAL'S WILLIAMS STAYS ON COURSE AT GOLDEN GLOVES.
- Miami Herald, February 28, 1997: GOLDEN GLOVES' 1ST STEP TONIGHT.
- Miami Herald, February 4, 1996, page 13C: MIAMI RAHMING WINS GOLDEN GLOVES TITLE.
- Miami Herald, February 4, 1996: POMPANO'S PARSONS, MIAMI'S RAHMING WIN BOUTS.
- The Palm Beach Post, January 21, 1996: AREA AMATEUR BOXER LOSES HIS FIRST FIGHT.