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Family of Chidozie, Nigerian bodybuilder killed in the US seek $70,000 to bring his body home

Michael Chidozie

The family of Michael Chidozie, a Nigerian American bodybuilder who was shot and killed by his wife in the US, is seeking $70,000 to bring his body back to Nigeria for burial.

Chidozie, who was 26 years old, was shot four times by his wife, Keaiirra Shavoiyae Chidozie, 28, during an argument in their apartment in Houston, Texas, on March 21.

He was rushed to Ben Taub Hospital and put on life support until he passed away 18 days later from spinal injury complications after 18 days in the hospital.

Their two children, who are toddlers witnessed the incident.

Chidozie’s family says returning to his homeland was his dream, which they wish to honour by laying his body to rest in Nigeria.

“As we navigate through this unimaginable loss, we are faced with the daunting task of laying Chidozie to rest in his homeland of Nigeria…It was always his dream to return to Nigeria one day, and we are committed to honouring his memory by fulfilling this final wish,” his family says.

They created a GoFundMe page to raise the $70,000 needed to cover repatriation and legal fees, as well as the cost of organising the funeral.

The family is asking for help from their community, friends, and anyone touched by his story.

“The expenses associated with repatriating Chidozie’s remains to Nigeria and organizing a proper funeral service exceed what his lone family member here in the United States can manage alone. Therefore, we are reaching out to our community, friends, and anyone touched by Chidozie’s story for support,” they say.

“Your generous contributions will directly contribute to covering the costs of transporting Chidozie’s body to Nigeria, arranging a dignified funeral service, legal services needed and providing support to his grieving family during this incredibly difficult time.”

The family encourages donations of any amount, stating that “no donation is too small” to support the repatriation process considering present economic conditions.

“Let us come together as a community to give Chidozie the farewell he deserves and ensure that his legacy lives on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him,” the family says.

Michael Chidozie

His family reminisced about his life, lauding his love for family and friends.

They described him as a devoted father, cherished son, and dear friend to many.

“Michael’s kind heart, infectious laughter, and unwavering love for his family will always be remembered and cherished by all who were fortunate enough to know him.”