Up-and-coming boxer gunned down in Reading

 A 21 -year-old up-and-coming boxer was gunned down Tuesday evening in Reading.

Christopher Cuevas trained at MMAX Out in Mohnton and was getting ready for a national tournament the end of July.

"He was like one of the most positive kids I know," said his trainer Cesar Gonzalez.

Gonzalez fought back tears as he spoke about him.

"He was the one kid that I could say really, the streets wasn't him, so I just don't understand how they could do something that's senseless like that to him," he said.

Gonzalez said Cuevas was just starting to pick up the pieces after his mother lost her battle with cancer a few years back.

"One of his promises to his mother was to finish high school and to become a professional fighter," said Gonzalez.

He kept one of those promises, graduating from Reading High, and was on the way to keeping the second.

"Whatever I asked he did, never ever once gave me feedback he was like one of those fighters that I never had to like repeat things to," he said.

But that was before his life was taken Tuesday evening. He was gunned down outside the McDonald's at North 9th and Spring streets in Reading.

One other person was also shot in the leg, and according to his family, he's recovering.

Professional heavyweight boxer, Travis Kauffman, who lives in Reading, reacted to Cuevas' death.

"From what I know of the kid, he was a very good kid who was loved by many," said Kauffman.

He says these senseless shootings have to stop.

"The only way it's going to change is if all of us as a community come together. Stop blaming police, stop blaming our government, stop blaming everyone else," he said. "We have to take thought for what's going on."

Cueva's funeral will take place sometime early next week.

Police are still on the hunt for the young man's killer. If you have information on the attack, call police or Crime Alert Berks County.


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