Actor Frank Grillo is speaking out about the senseless murder of his beloved boxing trainer … and he’s not pulling punches when it comes to what he views as L.A.’s crime problem.
Grillo, who played Crossbones in Marvel’s ‘Captain America’ films, was visibly upset as he spoke about the death of Azuma Bennett during an interview at Fortune Boxing Gym in Hollywood on Thursday.
“He made everybody feel good about training,” Grillo told KNBC. “I don’t know what’s happened to Los Angeles that a beautiful guy like this gets shot and killed over nothing.”
Police say Bennett died en route to the hospital after he was struck by at least 8 bullets outside a marijuana dispensary in Windsor Hills last Friday. Detectives are still searching for the shooter, and there’s not yet a motive.
Bennett was a centerpiece at Fortune Gym with a roster of celeb clients, including Grillo, UFC fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller and musicians Kiana Ledé and Eddie Benjamin.
The staff at Fortune Gym released a statement in Bennett’s honor, “Azuma was our family. One of the best of the best. We are all so broken.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money to help Bennett’s family.