November 12, 1996 in Sports

Man, Outraged Over Tyson’s Stunning Loss, Shoots Father To Death

Compiled From Wire Services
 

Howard Gomes lost his life to the person he tried hardest to protect - his son, Gomes’ brother says.

Gomes, 42, died early Sunday at a hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo., from a gunshot wound in the chest. He was trying to stop his son, Keith Howard Lewis - who was angry because Mike Tyson had lost his heavyweight title to Evander Holyfield on Saturday night - from starting a fight with another man.

Lewis, 21, was arrested Monday night by the El Paso County sheriff’s SWAT team. He was apprehended without a struggle.

“To have a son do that. … My brother always did everything he could to help him. Whenever he was in trouble, Howie got him out of it,” said the victim’s brother, Joseph Gomes.

The Gomes brothers had invited friends to their home Saturday night to watch the heavyweight fight on pay-per-view TV.

When Tyson lost, a guest made a teasing remark about the defeat. Lewis became outraged and started an argument with the man. When Howard Gomes saw his son losing his temper, he jumped in to keep a fight from breaking out.

After a series of events that left Lewis still enraged, he fired three shots from a small-calibre handgun. The second bullet hit Howard in his left side and the third, fired from 2 feet away, hit Howard Gomes in his chest, Joseph Gomes said.

The sellout crowd at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas had good reason to cheer Holyfield on to an upset win over Tyson.

Many had bet the underdog.

Local sports books said they took a beating on the fight, which drew so much money on Holyfield the odds dropped from 25-1 to 5-1 at fight time.

Though the total loss won’t be known for quite some time, books figure to have lost several million dollars on the bout.


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