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Widow of Gatti extends hand of friendship to his family

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The Canadian Press
2/26/2013 6:34:39 PM
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MONTREAL -- The widow of former boxing champ Arturo Gatti has set up a business in Montreal and wants to be friends with the dead fighter's family, according to Global Montreal.

Amanda Rodrigues Gatti was arrested in July 2009 on suspicion of murder in Gatti's death. He was found dead in an apartment in Brazil while he was on vacation with his wife and young son.

She was released after an investigation by Brazilian authorities deemed the former junior welterweight champ's death a suicide.

But Rodrigues Gatti was then embroiled in a nasty court battle with her in-laws over Gatti's $3.4-million estate.

She was awarded millions of dollars and moved back to Brazil.

But Rodrigues Gatti returned to Montreal in May 2012 to tie up loose ends and told Global Montreal she plans to stay.

"I've learned how to love Montreal," she said.

She has opened a new fashion boutique on trendy St-Denis Street and says she designed every item in it.

"It makes me feel very happy," Rodrigues Gatti said. "It was made with a lot of energy, it's good energy, a lot of love."

She said her four-year-old son Arturo is the other reason to stay in Montreal, which she describes as beautiful and safe.

Rodrigues Gatti told Global she would like Gatti's mother to put aside her suspicions and be part of her life.

But Ida Gatti told the TV affiliate she is afraid to be in the same room as her daughter-in-law and is worried she would falsely accuse her of assault.

Global said it was told by Brazilian authorities they are revisiting Gatti's death and that a court hearing has been scheduled for next month.

"Prosecutor Paula Catherine Ismail is studying the process," said Gilvan Oliveira, a spokesperson for the prosecutors' office in Pernambuco. "I think she will request more tests, more information about the crime. . . .It's a big process."

Rodrigues Gatti rejects any suggestion she could have been involved in her husband's death and says she wants to get on with her life.

"I have nothing to hide," she said.

Arturo Gatti (Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)
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