Philadelphia police said they have no suspects in the shooting death of the father of Los Angeles Lakers forward Wayne Ellington.
The father, who shared the same name as his son, was found inside his car Sunday night at a neighborhood intersection. Ellington has since been granted an indefinite leave of absence from the team.
“My family and I are devastated by the news of my father’s murder,” Ellington said in a statement released by the team. “We appreciate everyone’s support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.”
Lakers coach Byron Scott later told reporters he is unsure when Ellington might be ready to rejoin the team. Scott added Ellington found out about his father’s killing Sunday night while walking to his car, just moments after the Lakers recorded their first win off the season.
“It was just very sad news, obviously, and all of us have to give him space to grieve and deal with this with his family and we’ll welcome him back with open arms when he decides to come back,” he said.
A sixth-year veteran who has averaged 7.8 points over his career, Ellington grew up in Philadelphia and starred at nearby Episcopal Academy.
“Those of us who work with and have gotten to know Wayne have come to know what a wonderful and caring person he is” Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to Wayne and his family, as do our thoughts and prayers.”[Photo Credit: Rome C]
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