According to police, Michael De Luca, 53, was shot and killed about 4:15 a.m. in the 500 block of Surfside Drive.
“Saddened by the news of the passing of my dear friend pro boxer Golden Gloves Champion and photographer Mike Duke De Luca. Duke was a stand-up guy who was a source of inspiration to me showing how to always keep your chin up and keep up the fight for whatever struggle one deals with. RIP Duke! You were a Real Champ!!!” ~Tom Slack.
Also ABC 7 Los Angeles reports that: Port Hueneme police say former bodyguard Michael Deluca claimed he had a gun before officers fatally shot him during a confrontation last week.
I can add that on September 9, 2013 I contacted the Media Relations Officer of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office asking why he was shot and this is the response I received:
Hi Esteban,Thanks for your email. The Sheriff’s Office did not handle any part of the investigation. Our Crime Lab Scientists are working on the evidence related to this case, which is protocol for law enforcement agencies throughout the County for this type of investigation.Let me know if you have any other questions.Thank you.~Don Aguilar
Leaves behind his sons Michael and Vinny DeLuca.
“Mornin, All, I wake up with a clear head, and am back on my own path… If I had any advice to give, I would say, ALways be your own person… When true love bites you on the ass, or a good fulfilling line of work…you will know it… Life is nothing but moments… Live yours the way you want to, and must do as an individual. Back to the books for me, and looking at a bright future, what is, and what shall never be is my Motto, just do what You want to do… Life is short… One day your 21, before you know it, your 50! …LIVE with no regrets.. But then again…have too few to mention….” ~DUKE
I can not believe it that the police will kill this man who was no danger to them or anyone. I worked with Michael Deluca 3 years ago when him and Patrice Ryan covered Shine On 2 Hollywood at Celebrity Center in Hollywood, CA. He enjoyed covering events and editing his footage. My prayers and condolences to his family especially his sons. Michael Deluca Sr. aka Duke De Luca Rest In Peace and GOD will protect you always.
Even on my LinkedIn on May 2013 he wrote a recommendation stating: Dear Esteban,
I’ve written this recommendation of your work to share with other LinkedIn users.
Details of the Recommendation: “A Guy To know….. The Job and creative he creates shows….Nicely
Service Category: Business Consultant
Year first hired: 2013 (hired more than once)
Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
A Facebook fan page have been created title: What Really Happened To “The DUKE” at https://www.facebook.com/pages/What-Really-Happened-To-The-DUKE/1413397688876272
As the date of this article post, a Memorial Fund for Michael Deluca Sr. have been set up by Melissa Kantor asking people to help: Mike was tragically killed on Friday, September 6, 2013. His sons need your help to aid in covering the costs of funeral arrangements and to gain information on the tragedy. All funds will go directly to his sons. This goal is set small, but the needs are great. Anything that you can contribute will be greatly appreciated! – To help go to http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/michael-deluca-memorial-fund/86644
About Mike De Luca: Mike “The Duke” De Luca was a Boxer, Director/Videographer/Editor/Actor.
Mike De Luca was born in 1959 with the name Michael Maloney. William Maloney was his step-father. Michael grew up in the Bronx, New York and relocated to Long Island when he was 11 years old. He briefly attended Eastern Kentucky University to pursue a future in Law Enforcement. Mike won the New York State Golden Gloves at Madison Square Garden in 1979 as a 19 year old, 197 lb. heavyweight. He fought, and knocked out Harry Keitt (“On The Ropes”) in 42 seconds of the first round. He went on to take a silver metal in The Empire State Games the following year. He could not fight for the gold because of a broken hand. Mike drove out to California in 1981. He eventually became a Pro Boxer (managed by actor, producer Tony Danza). This was the proper opportunity for Mike to obtain his real father’s surname, De Luca. Mike was a professional bodyguard from 1984-1989. He has studied American and Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu since the early ’90s. He is currently a studio Plasterer, and Laborer in Union Locals 755, and 724. Mike is the co-creator and co-owner of a newly patented product called “bikerstrapz”, which will soon take the world by storm. Their corporation Rockin’Couture has limitless expectations.