Funeral held for murdered 17-year-old boxer

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- At only 17 years old, Alex Urbina was an up and coming boxer hoping to represent the U.S. in the Olympics some day, but his life was cut short.

“He was always here at the gym, he practically lived here at the gym and every time he would put 110 percent in,” said Alex’s step-brother and boxing coach Andruws Soto.

On Saturday morning, family and friends said their final goodbyes to this 2013 USA Boxing Youth National Champion. 

“He was a very good kid. He was very obedient, never talked back, very disciplined and very respectful,” said Soto.

Urbina was found beaten to death inside his South Phoenix home earlier this month. Police said it doesn't appear anybody broke in, but they did find some of his boxing memorabilia missing.

So far, nobody has been arrested.

“We really haven't been able to train comfortably, I keep looking at the door expecting him to walk in or keep looking over my shoulder to see if he's hitting one of the bags and it's been very difficult,” said Soto.

Alex was laid to rest at Greenwood Memorial Lawn Mortuary and Cemetery.