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Father of National Basketball Association star killed in drive-by shooting

The father of NBA star Richard Jefferson was killed in a drive-by shooting in Compton on Wednesday evening... TMZ Sports has learned The father of NBA star Richard Jefferson was killed in a drive-by shooting in Compton on Wednesday evening... TMZ Sports has learned
Cary Erickson | 22 September, 2018, 16:59

Former NBA forward Richard Jefferson lost his father in a drive-by shooting in Compton, California. 65-year-old Richard Jefferson Sr. was in front of a liquor store in a primarily residential area around 6:52 PM when a vehicle rolled up and someone inside opened fire.

TMZ says its unclear whether Jefferson Sr. was the intended target of the attack.

Investigators of the L.A. County Sherriff's department told ESPN in a statement they were unsure of a motive or suspect at this time. His mother and father split when he was very young and his mom took him to Phoenix, where she raised him with her new husband. Jefferson Sr. "was never much in the picture" for his son's upbringing, according to a 2003 Star-Ledger profile. After averaging 5.6 points and 2.2 rebounds over the course of his two seasons in Cleveland, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks just prior to the start of the 2017-18 season.

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Jefferson spent last season, his 17th in the National Basketball Association, with the Denver Nuggets.

The reasons behind the murder remain unknown and detectives are continuing their investigations.