Letrell Duncan, a New Jersey high school basketball star, has tragically died at age 16.
According to a report from TMZ Sports, the East Orange Campus High School standout was shot four times near his school at around 3:15 PM before being rushed to the local hospital and passing away from his injuries.
No arrests have been made at this time, but anyone with information is being asked to call 1-877-847-7432. NJ.com reports authorities are searching for a vehicle and group of people who were seen in the area at the time of the shooting.
Duncan, who was a sophomore guard, also played AAU ball for the Garden State Bounce.
Following the news of the tragedy, the Bounce took to social media to release a heartfelt statement on Duncan’s contributions to the team on and off of the court.
“I’m crying as I write this message because he left us with so many great memories on and off the court, from his laugh and light heartedness, to his tenacity when it was game time. Trell was one of the Crown Jewels of this program and we will dearly miss him. We couldn’t have accomplished what we did without him,” the statement read on social media. “We will miss you Trell, our floor general, team captain, and the best point guard our program has seen. You’ve set the bar. We are heart broken and in shock that this has happened to you, but nevertheless we know that you are comforted by God.
“We love you and appreciate everythjng you’ve left us with. You were a very rare and special talent, but an even better person. Real love always and forever.”
A GoFundMe for Duncan’s family has been started to help with funeral costs, memorial arrangements, and other financial costs.
Our deepest condolences go out to Duncan’s family during this incredibly difficult and tragic time.