Dashawn Longfellow

August 16, 2010 by Post Team 

Dashawn Longfellow, Dashawn Longfellow a former U.S. Marine, was in Thailand on vacation and to study Muay Thai or Thai boxing – and that may have been what killed him, according to Thai police.

A manhunt is under way to find British kickboxer, Lee Aldhouse, which police said followed the Purple Heart recipient back to his hotel and ambushed him outside his hotel room, stabbing him several times in the chest, ultimately killing him .

Witnesses say the hours before and Longfellow Aldhouse got into a bar fight after the British tried to block the ex-Marine to reach the bathroom. Aldhouse, who was apparently known for getting drunk, picking fights and claim to be invincible, it seemed, had met Longfellow in his party that was winning the fight when others separated the two fighters, witnesses said.

Longfellow leaving the bar with his Thai girlfriend shortly after the fight, but was allegedly Aldhouse not going to accept defeat so easily, and followed the couple to their hotel. Longfellow dropped his girlfriend off and then walked to a nearby store.

Aldhouse Longfellow later ambushed outside their hotel room, stabbing him twice in the chest as his girlfriend looked terrified, according to the Phuket Gazette.

“At first it seemed [Aldhouse] was nothing,” the bride, identified only as Oi, told the Gazette. “I knew he had a knife because his hands in his pockets.” She said she started a fight between the U.S. and Britain and the latter drew a knife and stabbed Longfellow twice in the chest.

Oi said her boyfriend rushed inside and closed the door to protect it from Aldhouse. Oi called police and an ambulance, but died before they got there Longfellow.

Longfellow had served in the Marines and was a machine gun to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, said Matt Gronbach, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, who was in the same unit with Longfellow.

“Dashawn was a kind and loving person. One of the nicest guys you could be around. A great friend, brother and son. It was just a huge teddy bear that everyone loved,” said Gronbach.

Longfellow’s mother, Tammy, of Oklahoma City, told reporters that his son traveled to Thailand in an effort to gain more knowledge in a form of martial arts.

“He accomplished a lot,” Tammy said Longfellow. “He mastered all the evidence they gave him. He worked hard for him and he did the best he could. It was very competitive. He always wants to win, and that’s what he did.”

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