VanMeter shot, killed at front door of home

Boxer had plans for 2019

Uvalde-based professional John Duane VanMeter, 24, planned to kick off his 2019 boxing schedule on Feb. 23 in Beaumont. His plans will never see fruition, because the longtime Tree City Boxing Club member was shot and killed Wednesday near the front door of his 624 Boone St. residence.

VanMeter won his two most recent fights. On Nov. 30, 2018, he bested Nelson Hampton by unanimous decision at the HEB Tennis Center in Corpus Christi. On Nov. 17, he won by technical knockout against Christian Morris at the Humble Civic Center in Humble.

The son of Rebecca and John VanMeter Sr. moved to Uvalde with his family by way of California. He began training when he was 10 years old, and had been a member of the Tree City Boxing Club for over 10 years. He was coached by his father and David Hernandez.

“It was a great way to keep out of trouble,” he said during a 2015 interview with the newspaper.


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