Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Wayne Ellington’s father shot and killed

The father of Lakers’ guard Wayne Ellington was shot and killed in Philadelphia on Sunday night. The guard has been given an indefinite leave of absence from the team.

“My family and I are devastated by the news of my father’s murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia,” said Ellington in a statement released by the Lakers. “We appreciate everyone’s support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.”

“Our players are upset for their friend and teammate,” Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “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 added: “Obviously it affected us hearing the news and consoling Wayne. Just very sad news.”

According to TMZ, the 57-year-old Ellington was shot in the head while sitting in his car. He was rushed to the hospital but died. Police have no suspects at this time, according to the report.

Our thoughts go out to Ellington and his family.

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