Jeffrey Fraza, a struggling boxer who competed on the reality show The Contender in 2005 and was looking to make a comeback, was killed in tragic fashion this week.
He was struck by an empty train on the commuter tracks in Haverhill, Mass.
“He was a great kid. I love him like a brother. I’m kind of in shock,” trainer Micky Ward, the retired pro played by Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter, told the Boston Herald.
“He was going to try to make another run at it. It’s just a shame.”
Was Fraza’s death an accident? The case remains under investigation, but according to his friends, Fraza walked those train tracks in his hometown regularly.
And though he struggled recently after being diagnosed with Chron’s disease, which causes inflammation of the digestive tract, many believe it was an accident.
“He was a good man,” ex-girlfriend Sylvia Pastrana said.
“He was training little kids at the Haverhill Boxing Club,” said Pastrana, who lived nearby with their 14-year-old son, Antonio. “He was fine and he was in good spirits.”
Per the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Fraza was on his cell phone when he was struck near Hale Street by a train inbound to Boston.
He was found dead at the scene at 1:24 a.m. R.I.P.