Former NBA forward Richard Jefferson lost his father in a drive-by shooting in Compton, California.
According to TMZ, Jefferson Sr, 65, stood in front of a liquor store when a car drove by and someone in the car opened fire, striking Jefferson Sr. multiple times. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Jefferson Jr. was born in South Central but moved to Phoenix, AZ. after his mother and father divorced. The star basketball player played for beloved coach Lute Olsen at the University of Arizona from 1998-2001. During the 2001 NBA draft, Jefferson was the 13th overall pick for the New Jersey Nets, where he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. The 6’7″ forward also won an NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.
Throughout his career, Jefferson played a total of 1,082 games and started in 796 games with teams such as New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers. He career averages of 13.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
At this time, no motives have been established and no arrests have been made