Darius Lee, Houston Baptist College Basketball Star, Gunned Down in NY
This story is just tragic. Darius Lee, the star basketball player for Houston baptist College was shot and killed while filming a rap music video in NY.
Of the eight others shot, he was the only one who died as of Monday morning when the shooting happened.
"We are devastated. Darius was a remarkable young man who loved the Lord, his mom, his family, his teammates, his friends and his entire HBU family," Houston Baptist coach Ron Cottrell said in a statement. "We are in shock and cannot wrap our heads around this news. My heart breaks for his mom, his sister and his entire family, and for our basketball team. The only thing we find comfort in right now is knowing where Darius is. He is in the arms of Jesus… we know that as fact. And we will see him again some day."
Lee was a Second Team All-Southland performer as a senior last season after leading the Huskies in scoring and rebounding. He was sixth nationally in steals per game. He averaged 18.2 points per game and had one of the most electric performances of the season last season when he scored 52 points in a quadruple overtime game vs. McNeese State, the most points scored in a Division I game all season.
"As great of a basketball player as he was, he was an even better person," Cottrell said. "I can't even think of basketball right now. I can only think of what a light Darius was during his short time on earth. He was a joy to coach and we loved him so much."
Lee spent the last two seasons at Houston Baptist after a two-year stint at SUNY Sullivan. He was on track to graduate in December with a bachelor's degree, school officials said.