The General Manager of Title Boxing Club in Omaha was killed in a crash in Kansas City over the weekend. Employees and friends of 22-year-old Tyler Frederes said he will be greatly missed.
Inside the Title Boxing Club at 144th and Oak View Dr. people learn not only how to box, but to work hard, be passionate and have fun. All things employees said Tyler believed in. “He had a magnetic personality. Over half of the people who signed at this gym were signed up personally by Tyler,” said instructor Jen Shafer.
Tyler just opened the boxing club in December. As a former hockey player turned boxer, he had big dreams. “He wanted to start boxing and he wanted to do amateur boxing,” said instructor Taija Vlasquez. Those dreams were shattered though after he was killed over the weekend in Kansas City in a car crash.
Tyler was traveling in an area that was undergoing a lot of road work when he hit a piece of construction equipment on the highway. He had been in Kansas City visiting his family. “It’s just unreal that he’s gone. It’s just this nightmare that we’re all hoping to wake up from,” said Vlasquez.
The staff wanted to make sure that Tyler was never forgotten, so they put up a type of memorial, a boxing bag with his name and boxing shoes and even messages left for Tyler. Messages like “Forever in our hearts,” and “You’ll be missed greatly.”
For his employees and friends it’s tough to say goodbye. “He was really the glue that held us together and so not having him will be a rough adjustment,” said Shafer. The staff does plan to continue on like they say he would want, keeping his love for the sport in the back of their minds.
The boxing club classes will go on as scheduled, but on Wednesday they do plan to shut down to go to Tyler’s funeral.
In a week, three people from Omaha have died in crashes in Kansas City. On August 12, Thomas Salistean and Elle Walters were killed by a hit-and-run driver in Kansas City, Missouri. That driver still has not been found.