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Former PSU Basketball Star Shot To Death, Sister Accused Of Pulling Trigger

Portland, Ore. — Former Portland State University basketball star Deante Strickland was shot and killed Friday afternoon at a home in Northeast Portland.

Strickland was one of three people shot in the area of NE 42nd and NE Holman Street.

The suspected shooter is Tamena Strickland, the sister of Deante.

The shooting happened just after 2:00 p.m.

According to police scanner traffic monitored by FM News 101, Tamena Strickland left the scene of the shooting in a Silver Lexus SUV and may have also had her young daughter with her.

Portland Police elected to not send a Public Information Officer to the scene to update the media of the situation.

As of 7:00 p.m. Friday evening, there is no word if she has been taken into custody.

PSU  Basketball coach confirmed the news of Deante’s death on Twitter Friday evening.

Our Viking Family lost a special soul today, Deante Strickland. A Beautiful young man in every way! A special teammate, friend and family member. A PROUD Portland native that loved everything about representing the city of Portland, his Family and his school! He will be missed…

— Barret Peery (@coachbpeery) August 3, 2019

PSU Head Football Coach Bruce Barnum also on Twitter:

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— Bruce Barnum (@CoachBarnum69) August 3, 2019

Late Friday night, Portland State University released the following statement:

Portland State Athletics mourns the tragic loss of student-athlete Deante Strickland on Friday afternoon. Deante had been a student at PSU for the past two years, competing on the men’s basketball team. He had joined the Viking football program during the spring to compete in his final year of eligibility this fall.
 
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Deante,” said Portland State Director of Athletics Valerie Cleary. “He represented everything it means to be a Viking in his hometown of Portland. He will forever be remembered for his character, determination and warm smile. Our prayers go out to his family and friends.”
 
Strickland attended Portland’s Central Catholic High School and Casper College in Wyoming. Upon coming to Portland State, he played in 65 games over two seasons for the men’s basketball team. Strickland was a social science major at Portland State.
 
“We are all deeply saddened and grieving about this tragic news,” said Viking Basketball Coach Barret Peery, who recruited Deante back to his hometown in 2017. “We are better for having had Deante in our lives. His smile, passion and energy for life was second to none. He lit up a room and made the people around him better in every way. He loved his family, his friends and everyone around him. He had great pride in being a kid from Portland and it showed in how he competed each day. We will never forget him and he will always be with us. I love Deante and am a better man for having the opportunity to coach him. This entire community will miss him.”
 
PSU Athletics is working with the PSU Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) to provide assistance for student-athletes and others during the grieving process.

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