A star athlete at Portland State University was tragically killed by his own flesh and blood.
30-year old Tamena Strickland shot and killed her brother Deante, 22, and injured her aunt and grandmother around 2 p.m. Friday afternoon. A 4-year old was also present when the shooting happened. Deante left the house after he was shot looking for help. Contractors were across the street working and perform CPR. They said Deante had a wound in his upper chest through his back.
Damian Strickland, Tamena and Deante’s uncle, said his last words were, “my sister shot me – I don’t want to die”.
Portland State’s athletic director Valerie Cleary is in complete shock.
“My heart is broken. Strick was one of the best. He put so much dedication into all he did on and off the court. He truly represented our Viking values and his hometown of Portland. I will never forget his smile.”
Besides playing basketball for Portland State, he was planning to play running back for the football team this fall and majoring in social science.
Tamena has been chargd with murder and two counts of attempted murder. The motive is still unknown.
“I hope everybody remembers his unbelievable smile and his personality and his charisma and his character,” said Portland State University men’s basketball head coach Barret Peery, “A guy that everybody wanted to be around and a guy that was truly proud of Portland.”