Darius Lee, Houston Baptist participant, killed in Harlem shooting

New York native Darius Lee was a senior on the lads’s basketball staff.

HOUSTON — An early-morning shooting Monday at a gathering in Harlem left a person useless and eight different individuals wounded, New York City police mentioned.

According to the college, the 21-year-old man who died has been recognized as Darius Lee, a member of the Houston Baptist University males’s basketball staff.

Lee was a senior ahead for HBU out of Harlem. He performed his highschool ball at St. Raymond High School for Boys in the Bronx, in accordance with his bio on HBU’s web site.

The college mentioned Lee was on monitor to graduate along with his bachelor’s diploma in December and was lately named HBU Robbie Robertson Male Student-Athlete of the Year. 

He was a second staff All-Southland Conference choice for the 2021-22 season and led the Huskies in scoring and rebounding and was sixth in the nation in steals per recreation. 

Coach Ron Cottrell assertion

HBU males’s basketball coach Ron Cottrell launched the next assertion: 

“We are devastated. Darius was a outstanding younger man who beloved the Lord, his mother, his household, his teammates, his buddies and his whole HBU household. 

“We are in shock and can’t wrap our heads round this information. My coronary heart breaks for his mother, his sister and his whole household, and for our basketball staff. The solely factor we discover consolation in proper now could be realizing the place Darius is. He is in the arms of Jesus… we all know that as reality. And we’ll see him once more some day. 

“As nice of a basketball participant as he was, he was a fair higher particular person. I can’t even consider basketball proper now. I can solely consider what a lightweight Darius was throughout his quick time on earth. He was a pleasure to teach and we beloved him a lot. 

“Please preserve his mother, sister and household in your prayers, in addition to our HBU basketball household, throughout this very tough time.” 

HBU Director of Athletics Steve Moniaci assertion

HBU Director of Athletics Steve Moniaci additionally launched a press release:

“Our prayers are with his family first and most importantly, but also with his friends, coaches, and teammates. 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 unfortunately, 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.” 

What occurred

Officers responded about 12:40 a.m. to reviews of a shooting on a footpath alongside the FDR Drive and located 5 individuals shot, police mentioned, citing preliminary info. They have been taken to hospitals for remedy.

Four different individuals who have been shot additionally arrived at hospitals for remedy, police mentioned. A 21-year-old man was pronounced useless at a hospital, police mentioned, and the wounded included six different males and two females.

“This Father’s Day weekend is a weekend where people were supposed to be able to enjoy themselves with their families,” Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said at a news convention.

The investigation was ongoing Monday and police didn’t instantly have particulars concerning the gathering or what could have led to the shooting.

Information about potential suspects wasn’t instantly launched, however police said on Twitter {that a} gun was recovered from the scene. Tips have been being sought from the general public as a part of the investigation.

The shooting comes amid nationwide concern over gun violence and because the U.S. Supreme Court is contemplating whether or not to strike down a legislation that makes it tough to legally carry a handgun in New York. Shootings are down 11% to date this year in New York City, in comparison with final year. Murders are down 12% however are nonetheless at their second-highest stage since 2012.

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