Rising NBA rookie, Bryce Dejean-Jones was tragically shot to death after breaking into a Dallas, Texas apartment he believed belonged to a friend early this Saturday.
Reports say the New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones died from a gunshot wound to his abdomen early Saturday after he “kicked open the front door” to a Dallas apartment and the man sleeping inside woke up and shot him. The resident of the apartment woke up, retrieved a handgun and called out to Bryce, but did not receive an answer, and fired. Dejean-Jones kicked in the bedroom door and the obviously frightened resident shot him around 3:20 a.m.
Dejean-Jones, 23, ran out of the apartment and “collapsed in the breezeway,” according to a police report.
Management at the Camden Belmont Apartments sent out an email to residents Saturday saying that “an individual who believed to be breaking into the apartment of an estranged acquaintance inadvertently broke into the wrong apartment.”
This is really a wrong place, wrong time situation but why are you breaking into your friend’s home (or what you thought was your friend’s home) in the middle of the night/morning? Nevertheless, it’s a tragedy especially for a young, talented player.
“Bryce overcame a lot of obstacles to get to this point in his career,” his agent, Scott Nichols, told ESPN. “He was a joy to be around, a talent just turning the corner in his career.”
A reporter for the New Orleans Advocate wrote on Twitter that Bryce Dejean-Jones was in Dallas to celebrate his daughter’s first birthday.
The team released a statement Saturday acknowledging Dejean-Jones “sudden passing” with “deep sadness.”
“We are devastated at the loss of this young man’s life who had such a promising future ahead of him […] Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s family during this difficult time.”
Shocked NBA stars took to Twitter to share their grief over the stunning death.
“I’ll never forget you Bryce. My heart is super heavy right now man. Thanks for being a true brother. #RipBryce,” Brookyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick Jr. wrote.
“Saddened to hear about Bryce Dejean Jones. Condolences to his family. May he Rest in Peace,” tweeted former Iowa State University teammate Melviin Ejim.
Bryce only signed a 3-year-deal with the NBA team back in Feburary after being brought in on temporary contracts.
Utterly tragic. Our well wishes to his family, friends, & fans. RIP.