Tae kwon do world champion killed in drive-in theater shooting

by: Craig Lucie Updated:


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - The victim of a deadly shooting at a local drive-in movie theater is a tae kwon do world champion.

The deadly shooting triggered a chain of events, including a police chase and officer-involved accident that killed a second man.

Police are still looking for the man who shot and killed 28-year-old Mitt Lenix at the Starlight Drive-in in DeKalb County.

"The world has lost a wonderful person," Master Bill Lenix told Channel 2's Craig Lucie.

Bill Lenix says his son, Mitt, wanted to begin practicing martial arts at 18 months old.

He and his wife, Candy, taught him discipline that put him on the path to break world records.

Master Mitt Lenix competed on ESPN, but his talent came to an end early Tuesday morning.

DeKalb County police say Lenix, 28, had car trouble and asked a man for help at the drive-in movie theater.

Police said that man was Quentric Williams, who pulled out a gun, shot Lenix and then took off.

"We did forgive the guy who shot my son," said Master Candy Lenix, Mitt's mother.

His father told Lucie he was "a person of excellence."

"We don't know why this was the end of his time on this earth, but we know his legacy will continue," said Bill Lenix.

It's a legacy that a Martial Arts Master and combat medic with the National Guard will leave with some of his youngest students.

"I learned how to be a better person in life. How to treat others the way I want to be treated because he was a role model for us," said young martial arts student Joshua Nogal.

Another student who has appeared in movies said Mitt Lenix taught him the Golden Rule as well.

"He taught me how to have more courage in myself," said Brandon Cantilang.

His father and mother said they will continue teaching at Universal Martial Arts because that's what their son would've wanted.

"He was a gentleman. He was a scholar, he was our hero and he was our son," Bill Lenix told Lucie.