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Second man arrested in death of ex-boxing champ

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  • Police make another arrest in connection with July killing of Vernon Forrest
  • Forrest, 38, was robbed and shot during confrontation, Atlanta police say
  • Jquante Crews, 25, was arrested a day after Demario Ware, 20, turned himself in
  • Forrest was former welterweight and light middleweight boxing champion
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ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Authorities have arrested a second man in the slaying of former boxing champion Vernon Forrest, Atlanta police said.

Demario Ware, 20, is being held on charges of murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault, police say.

Vernon Forrest, seen in September, was killed July 25 near an Atlanta gas station.

Atlanta police spokesman James Polite Jr. told CNN that Jquante Crews, 25, was arrested without incident in College Park, just south of Atlanta, around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Crews faces charges including felony murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Polite said.

Forrest, 38, was shot in a southwest Atlanta neighborhood on July 25.

Police and his manager have said Forrest was robbed, leading to a confrontation in which he was shot several times.

Polite said Crews was the alleged driver in the incident.

Demario Ware, 20, has also been arrested in the case. He turned himself in to police Tuesday and is being held on charges of murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault, police said.

Polite said there may still be a third suspect in the shooting.

Forrest's longtime friend and manager, Charles Watson, said Forrest was returning from the gym after a late workout when he and his godson stopped at a southwest Atlanta gas station.

While Forrest was getting gas, a man snatched his wallet out of his hand after asking him for money, said Watson, who spoke to police and the godson.

Atlanta police told CNN affiliate WSB-TV that Forrest chased the suspect and that gunfire was exchanged.

Forrest was the International Boxing Federation welterweight champion in 2001, the World Boxing Council welterweight champion in 2002-2003 and the WBC light welterweight champion in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009, according to the BoxRec Web site.

He was named the World Boxing Hall of Fame fighter of the year in 2002, according to BoxRec.

CNN's Jamie Morrison and Eliott C. McLaughlin contributed to this report.

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