Former NBA player and ex-college basketball star Andre Emmett, 37, was shot and killed in Dallas early Monday morning, the Dallas Police Department reported.
Emmett was “approached by two unknown suspects as he sat in his vehicle in front of his residence in the 1800 block of N. Prairie Avenue. The suspects displayed a handgun and an altercation ensued, during which the victim was shot as he ran away from the suspects,” Dallas police said in a statement.
Two suspects were spotted by witnesses getting into a white Chrysler 300 and fleeing the scene.
Emmett played for the NBA’s Nets and Grizzlies as well as overseas teams before joining Ice Cubeâs BIG3 league, where officials were stunned by the news of his death.
The league wrote via twitter: “The BIG3 is in a state of shock over the sudden and tragic death of Andre Emmett. Andre was a member of the BIG3 family for two seasons and never without a smile on his face. His kindness towards others and easy-going demeanor made him a joy to be around. Off the court, Dre was passionate about helping young people through his Dreams Really Exist foundation. We are simply heartbroken by this devastating loss. Our thoughts are with Andreâs family and friends during this difficult time.â
Emmett was also mourned by Texas Tech, where he was the program’s second-leading scorer of all time when he played for the legendary Bobby Knight.
“Thank you for the competitor you were on the court and the incredible person you were off of it,” the basketball program wrote on Twitter. “Thank you for the many amazing memories you helped create. Thank you for inspiring the entire Texas Tech family. Rest In Peace, Dre.”
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