Friends mourn the loss of teen boxing champion

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Family and friends of 17-year-old Alexis Urbina are mourning after the teen was beaten to death in his South Phoenix home earlier this week.

“My little brother was lovely and such a good guy, I miss him so much,“ said the teen's older brother, Saul Urbina.

According to Saul, his little brother Alexis was inspiring to him and to so many other kids his age.

Family said Alexis would train every day in the ring so he could be the best boxer he could be.

“He wanted to go to the Olympics and represent the U.S.A.,” said Saul.

Alexis had big dreams, was determined, and led by example his friends said.

“He's always telling me to stay out of trouble, stop ditching class,“ said Victor Padilla, who knew Alexis since 8th grade.

Loved ones have been torn by this sudden tragedy, but it’s the teen's mother who has been hit the hardest.

She was the one who came home to find her son lying on the ground with blood coming from his head.

She held her son in her arms as tears ran down his face before he passed, she said.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, there was no forced entry but several items were stolen.

The 2013 USA Boxing Youth National Champion's older brother pleads for answers to his little brother's death.

“It’s so painful what we’re going through," Saul said. “Please help if you know anything, please help us.“

Phoenix police said an investigation is under way, but there are no new leads at this time.

Funeral arrangements have not been finalized, but friends are hosting several car washes this weekend to help with expenses.

Family and friends will be at the Taco Bell on Southern and 7th Avenue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8.