Former UFC light heavyweight Ryan Jimmo proposed to his girlfriend Roxie Reece, hours before he was fatally struck by two assailants in a truck at a parking lot in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The 34-year-old Jimmo was involved in a verbal altercation with the two suspects, before he was hit by the vehicle. The men in the truck, identified as Anthony Getschel and Jordan Wagner, immediately fled the scene soon after, but were eventually arrested less than a week after the incident.
They were subsequently charged with second degree murder and accessory after the fact to the murder, respectively.
No further specifics of Jimmo’s death were revealed to the public, until Reece spoke about it in detail in a recent interview with CBC.ca.
According to Reece, they came from the movies where Jimmo had proposed to her, and were on their way home when the truck began tailgating them.
"So we took a left to let them go by. They followed Ryan even more close. And so now he and I were both like 'OK what's going on?' And then he took the first right into that parking lot … I had no clue where we were at," Reece recalled.
"So these guys pulled up real close right behind Ryan, almost as if they were going to hit us, and we both felt nervous. And Ryan felt the need to do something because we didn't want them following us out of there."
"It was kind of scary. There was something not right there and I didn't know what was going on. So Ryan, you know, got out to talk to them and they were not nice guys and Ryan came to get back in the car. And they said something else and he went back to talk with them."
After the conversation, the two men hit Jimmo, then sped off. Jimmo was rushed to a hospital, but was pronounced dead hours after due to blunt force trauma.
Reece says she holds no hatred towards the men that killed Jimmo, and is merely trying to remain positive through her moments of grief.
"I think Ryan's up there smiling down saying 'What are you guys all crying for? Wipe your tears. There's stuff to be done! We gotta go make a difference here,'" Reece said.
"I'm now taking everything that Ryan taught me to be strong the rest of my life and to finish out what he started. I want all of us to come together, not in hatred … and to be the best versions of ourselves that we can be because that's what Ryan would have wanted."