Father of Lakers’ Wayne Ellington Killed in Germantown

Wayne Ellington Sr. was found shot in the head in Germantown on Sunday night. Police say they do not yet have a motive.

The father of Los Angeles Lakers’ guard Wayne Ellington was shot to death in Germantown. Police said they do not have a motive as to why Wayne Ellington Sr. was shot in his car on Sunday night.

Ellington, who starred at Episcopal Academy and led North Carolina to the 2009 national championship, has played for five NBA teams. “My family and I are devastated by the news of my father’s murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia,” Ellington said in a statement. “We appreciate everyone’s support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.”

Police found Ellington Sr.’s car Sunday night on the 5200 block of Marion Street.

Ellington Sr. was found shot in his Oldsmobile. He was transported to Einstein Medical Center but was pronounced dead just before 11 p.m. Sunday. Cops think the shooter fired though a partially open window, striking Ellington Sr. in the head.

“Our players are upset for their friend and teammate,” the Lakers said in a statement. “Additionally, ownership and all Lakers employees are also saddened by this tragedy. Those of us who work with and have gotten to know Wayne have come to know what a wonderful and caring person he is. Our hearts go out to Wayne and his family, as do our thoughts and prayers.”

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