Tragic Death of Young Basketball Player Darius Lee at 21
Houston Baptist men’s basketball star Darius Lee was shot and killed while at a gathering in New York on Monday, June 20, 22, the university confirmed. May he rest in peace.
According to the NYPD, the shooting happened at what appeared to be a barbeque in Harlem, NY, at around 12:40 AM.
Cops reported that when they arrived on the scene following reports of shooing, they found nine people, two females and seven males, suffering from gunshot wounds.
Lee, 21, who was ID’ed by Houston Baptist as one of the seven injured men, was transported to a hospital after being struck in the chest by a bullet. Unfortunately, the player was pronounced dead there, cops say.
Police reported that a firearm was recovered at the site of the shooting, but no further information regarding the incident was revealed. Cops say they have yet to make any arrests and an investigation is ongoing.
“It’s Father’s Day weekend. It’s a weekend where people were supposed to be able to enjoy themselves with their families, but we’re here to provide an update to New Yorkers about multiple people shot early this morning,” Commissioner Keechant Sewell said during a press conference.
He continued: “The emboldened individuals responsible for this are exactly who our officers are battling every day to make our city safe.”
One eyewitness reported that she was sitting in her living room when shots started to ring out. The ages of the victims range from 21 to 42.
The incident happened at a Father’s Day cookout organized by a local rapper and the gunfire shooting erupted as he was recording a video.
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Darius Lee Shot and Killed During Harlem Shooting
Shocking news revealed that college basketball player Darius Lee was shot and killed at the age of 21 on Monday morning at a gathering in Harlem.
Houston Baptist officials mourned Darius Lee’s death on Monday, with men’s basketball head coach Ron Cottrell calling him “a remarkable young man.”
Cottrell said in his statement: “We are in shock and cannot wrap our heads around this news. My heart breaks for his mom, his sister, and his entire family, and for our basketball team. The only thing we find comfort in right now is knowing where Darius is. He is in the arms of Jesus… we know that as fact. And we will see him again someday.”
The 6-foot-6, 230-pound wing was Houston Baptist’s best player last season. The rising senior was expected to graduate in December 2022, the school said.
Cottrell said: “As great of a basketball player as he was, he was an even better person. I can’t even think of basketball right now. I can only think of what a light Darius was during his short time on earth. He was a joy to coach and we loved him so much.”
The Director of media relations for the Houston Baptist University athletics program, also confirmed that Darius “was one of the victims” of the deadly incident.
Jeff Sutton added that Darius, who was a rising senior majoring in sports management at the Texas school, was a star on the basketball team.
Sutton added: “The upcoming season would have been his senior year and he was the leading returning scorer in our conference.” He also noted that he didn’t have additional information about the Monday shooting.
In a separate statement, Houston Baptist University confirmed that the late player was set to graduate in December. The also confirmed that he had recently been named the school’s Robbie Robertson Male Student-Athlete of the Year.
HBU Director of Athletics Steve Moniaci said that Lee was a second-team All-Southland Conference selection for the 2021-22 season. Moniaci added that he led the Huskies in scoring and rebounding and was 6th in the nation in steals per game.”
Moniaci continued: “He was a very fine young man who had a very bright future in front of him both on and off the court. This is unfortunate, yet again, another example of the senseless gun violence that seems to be plaguing our country right now and we all pray it will cease.”
St. Raymond High School for Boys, where Darius graduated in 2019, also confirmed the sad news of Lee’s senseless death that has left their community “heartbroken and devastated.”
Bronx school stated in a Monday Instagram post that included a picture of Darius: “Aside from being a tremendous basketball star, he was a phenomenal human being, and a young man living such a positive life, succeeding in school, on the court, and in life. These senseless acts of violence need to stop…such a tragedy.”