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Houston Baptist basketball ‘devastated’ by Darius Lee’s dying in Harlem taking pictures


The Houston Baptist basketball program is “devastated” by the tragic dying of Darius Lee, who died in a mass shooting in Harlem early Monday.

Lee was one in every of 9 individuals who was shot within the incident; police mentioned that he was the one one that died, and was not the supposed goal within the taking pictures.

“We are devastated. Darius was a exceptional younger man who beloved the Lord, his mother, his household, his teammates, his pals and his whole HBU household,” head coach Ron Cottrell mentioned in an announcement. “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 group. The solely factor we discover consolation in proper now could be figuring out the place Darius is. He is within the arms of Jesus… we all know that as truth. And we’ll see him once more some day.
 
“As nice of a basketball participant as he was, he was an excellent higher individual. I can’t even consider basketball proper now. I can solely consider what a light-weight Darius was throughout his brief 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 troublesome time.”

A photograph of Darius Lee is put up exterior a memorial in Harlem on Monday.
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Lee was Houston Baptist’s main scorer and rebounder this previous season, and was on monitor to graduate this December.

“Our prayers are together with his household first and most significantly, but in addition together with his pals, coaches, and teammates,” Houston Baptist athletics director Steve Moniaci mentioned in an announcement.

“He was a really high quality younger man who had a really shiny future in entrance of him each on and off the court docket. This is sadly, but once more, one other instance of the mindless gun violence that appears to be plaguing our nation proper now and all of us pray it would stop.”

The 6-foot-6 guard performed at SUNY Sullivan Community College earlier than he transferred to Houston Baptist.

Darius Lee (r.) playing for Houston Baptist in 2020.

Darius Lee (r.) enjoying for Houston Baptist in 2020.
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Darius Lee (23) playing for Houston Baptist in 2020.
Darius Lee (23) enjoying for Houston Baptist in 2020.
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“He was an harmless child that was in class enjoying basketball,” Lee’s sister, Tiara, advised The Post in an earlier story. “He cared about basketball. He determined to remain exterior someday, and that is what occurs.

“My brother’s gone,” she lamented. “Great child. He’s gone for no purpose. I’ve been attempting to determine it out myself.”

Jorge Lopez, the coach at St. Raymond High School for Boys in The Bronx, the place Lee performed in highschool, mentioned being “heartbroken” by the tragedy.

Houston Baptist men's basketball coach Ron Cottrell.
Houston Baptist males’s basketball coach Ron Cottrell.
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“When I first discovered about it, I had heard in regards to the taking pictures in Harlem, however I used to be simply so devastated after I got here to search out out that Darius Lee was the sufferer who was killed,” Lopez mentioned.

“I’m utterly heartbroken,” Lopez added. “He had the whole lot going for him — an important profession, an important household.

“He beloved coming again and monitoring younger folks. He labored out with our guys, obtained to play pick-up with the gamers and simply spend time with them.”

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