Martial arts expert Mitt Lenix, 28, was gunned down yesterday at the Starlight Drive-in in DeKalb County, Georgia.
The shooting triggered a chain of events, including a police chase and officer-involved accident that killed a second man. Police are still looking for the man who shot and killed Mr Lenix. Today, friends and family paid tribute to him.
Father Bill Lenix, who, with wife Candy, taught his son the discipline from the age of 18 months, told Wsbtv.com: ‘The world has lost a wonderful person.’
DeKalb County police say Mr Lenix had car trouble and asked a man for help at the drive-in movie theatre. Police said that man was Quentric Williams, who pulled out a gun, shot the Taekwondo master and then took off.
‘We did forgive the guy who shot my son,’ said Mrs Lenix, the victim’s mother. His father said Mr Lenix, a former combat medic with the National Guard, was ‘a person of excellence.’
‘We don’t know why this was the end of his time on this earth, but we know his legacy will continue,’ said Bill Lenix.
Mr Lenix was a Junior Olympic world champion and a two-time world creative breaking champion. He was also studying for pre-med exams. His family says his greatest achievement was sharing his knowledge with younger students.
Young martial arts student Joshua Nogal said: ‘I learned how to be a better person in life. How to treat others the way I want to be treated because he was a role model for us.’
Fellow student Brandon Cantilang told Wsbtv.com: ‘He taught me how to have more courage in myself.’ Mitt Lenix taught martial arts at his family’s school, Universal Martial Arts in Henry County.
His father and mother said they will continue teaching at Universal Martial Arts because that’s what their son would’ve wanted. ‘He was a gentleman. He was a scholar, he was our hero and he was our son,’ Bill Lenix said.
Source: Mail Online