“I think it’s just part of finding himself really.”
Azuma Bennett with his father Randy. Source: Supplied
Azuma was due to return to Australia for the first time since moving to LA just weeks before he was killed.
“So it was very heartbreaking timing to be going over there [LA], knowing that he was soon on his way over here, and going over there knowing he’s gone, he had been murdered.”
Azuma Bennett (left) with his good friend Eddie. Source: Supplied
Career was taking off in America
“So he went back and he started just doing some complimentary boxing classes to help kids,” she said.
Azuma Bennett with his mum Victoria Milton. Source: Supplied
“He wanted to help Black kids in bad neighbourhoods, or in difficult circumstances, to help give them confidence and give them a positive light for the future.
Ms Milton said he continued to do this type of work even as his career took off, and he began working with celebrities including Captain America star Frank Grillo, who later described Azuma as “beautiful guy” who made “everybody feel good about training”.
He wanted to help Black kids in bad neighbourhoods, or in difficult circumstances, to help give them confidence and give them a positive light for the future
Ms Milton specifically thanked Detective Sergeants Bell and Austin of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who “tirelessly and diligently” followed all leads in the case.
Azuma Bennett poses with his girlfriend Sophia in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. statue in Washington, DC. Source: Supplied
“It has been a deeply emotional and difficult time grieving the loss of my only child whilst waiting in suspense for his murderer to be arrested,” she said.
Ms Milton acknowledged there was a long road ahead but asked what was helping her get through this time she said: “just my strength and doing my son justice … doing my son honour and justice”.
‘He really touched so many people’
Ms Milton said she would not be making further statements and has asked for privacy and sensitivity during this time.