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Los Angeles Lakers guard Wayne Ellington Jr. is in mourning after the loss of his father over the weekend.

Wayne Ellington Sr. was found in his car in Germantown, Philadelphia on Sunday evening with a gun shot wound to the head. The 57-year old died a few hours later after being treated at the Albert Einstein Medical Center.

Ellington Jr., who only recently joined the Lakers, released a statement on behalf of his family following the heartbreaking news:

“My family and I are devastated by the news of my father’s murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia,” said Ellington. “We appreciate everyone’s support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.”

The Lakers released a statement of their own, supporting Ellington and his decision to take an indefinite leave of absence to cope with his loss.

“Our players are upset for their friend and teammate. 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.”

Police have ruled the incident a homicide and plan to launch a full investigation.

For now, it is uncertain when Ellington Jr. will be back on the court.

SOURCE: Huffington Post | VIDEO CREDIT: News Inc. 

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