The son of former heavyweight boxing champion Leon Spinks was shot to death early Sunday as he sat in a car on a bridge spanning the Mississippi River, Illinois State Police said.
Leon Calvin, 19, of St. Louis was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting about 5:30 a.m., authorities said.State police said details of the shooting on the east end of the Martin Luther King Bridge, which connects East St. Louis to St. Louis, were sketchy.
Calvin was shot several times by an unidentified gunman firing from outside the car, investigators said. They said several other people in the car with Calvin escaped injury. Witnesses said another car sped away from the scene after the shooting.
State police said it appeared Calvin had been returning to St. Louis from a bar in East St. Louis, where he reportedly had been involved in a fight.
Calvin, a former Golden Gloves boxer in St. Louis, had been scheduled to fight his third professional bout Monday night in St. Louis. He had won his first two matches.
He was estranged from his father while growing up, but Leon Spinks attended his son's last pro victory and had promised to attend Monday night's fight, family members said. They said Calvin left behind a 2-year-old son and a 10-month-old daughter.
Leon Spinks defeated Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight crown in 1978.