MMA Fighter Jahreau Shepherd Tragically Dies during His 30th Birthday Party – Remembering His Life
British MMA fighter Jahreau Shepherd, also known as "The Nightmare," tragically died on his 30th birthday after spending the day celebrating with friends and family.
Friends, family, and fans of Jahreau "Jay" Shepherd are mourning their loss following the tragic death of the MMA fighter on the evening of his birthday. Announcing the death on Instagram, Contenders MMA said:
"Everyone at Contenders is absolutely devastated to hear of Jahreau Shepherd's death."
The post went on to describe Shepherd as a hugely talented, big personality, and fun person to be around. He was said to be the welterweight champion and was destined to reach the top.
The images that were shared by the account was that of Shepherd at different times during his career. The first image showed him wearing a massive smile as he held on to his championship belt.
The other images featured Shepherd wearing his signature smile while laughing and hanging out with friends and colleagues. Some also showed him posing after a fight.
The death of Shepherd is a sad one and has been ruled a murder attack. According to sources, he had been stabbed multiple times near an estate in Kennington, South London, around 10 pm after spending the day with his family in celebration of his 30th birthday.She described him as a role model who helped other young people.
Although the paramedics arrived on the scene early, he could not be saved and died on the spot. An eyewitness described the scene as "horrible to watch" as Shepherd's mother constantly cried for the paramedic to save her son's life.
Friends and fans have been leaving condolence messages for his family, with many stating that they are in shock over the tragic and saddening loss of Shepherd.
In incredibly sad news, it appears that Jahreau “The Nightmare” Shepherd passed away last night evening. He was 30 and 6-2 as a pro with fights in BAMMA, @MTK_MMA and @Bellator_Europe. There are currently no details on what happened. My condolences and thoughts to Jay’s family 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/vX8yRZAReT— Jim (@MMA_Jim) July 12, 2020
Tanisha Shepherd, the fighter's cousin, revealed that Jahreau was looking forward to the gyms opening and even had fights planned out. She described him as a role model who helped other young people.
There have been no leads and suspects with regard to the case, but the police have asked for the cooperation of those who might have witnessed it or know anything about the death.
Jahreau Shepherd murder: Management company appeal to raise £12k for funeral costs after MMA star stabbed to death at his 30th birthday party https://t.co/X4xSV2zBAE— Evening Standard (@standardnews) July 15, 2020
Shepherd's death is a genuinely tragic one, and although the reasons are not known yet, fans can only hope his family finds the comfort they need.