Terrible news has just surfaced that the father of Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Wayne Ellington was shot and killed in Philadelphia on Sunday night.
The 26-year-old has been given an indefinite leave of absence by the franchise after the devastating incident.
Ellington released a statement immediately regarding the news:
“My family and I are devastated by the news of my father’s murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia, We appreciate everyone’s support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.”
Ellington's father who was 57 years old was reportedly shot in the head whilst sitting his car according to TMZ.
Ellington was immediately rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after, the police currently have no suspects in relation to the murder case.
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Lakers in support
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak was also quick to release a statement on behalf of the franchise and in full support of the young shooting guard, he said:
“Our players are upset for their friend and teammate, Additionally, ownership and all Lakers employees are also saddened by this tragedy. Those of us who work with and have gotten to know Wayne have come to know what a wonderful and caring person he is. Our hearts go out to Wayne and his family, as do our thoughts and prayers.”
Byron Scott who is the head coach of the Lakers squad also reached out to the Ellington, he said via the Lakers official Twitter account:
Our thoughts go out to Ellington and his family.