The senseless killing of former UFC fighter Ryan Jimmo was already a sad affair, but new details make it all the more tragic. According to his fiancée Roxie Reece, Ryan proposed to her earlier in the evening before his fatal parking lot encounter. Following the proposal, Jimmo took his bride to be on a drive to show her around Edmonton. That’s when a truck came out of nowhere and started tailgating them.
“So we took a left to let them go by, and they followed Ryan even more close,” Reece told the CBC. “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. 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.”
At that point the truck pulled forward and hit Jimmo, leaving him to die on the pavement.
“I was telling him I love him and to fight. And he fought really hard, Ryan did, for his life,” Reese recalled. “I felt helpless. And I lay beside Ryan and I talked with him and told him, ‘Come on honey, you can do it, you can fight, I’m right here, I’m right here.’ And it’s important to me that people know that Ryan was not alone.”