PSU athlete told witness ‘My sister shot me’


Tamena Strickland is accused of murder, attempted murder

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The 22-year-old Portland State University basketball player who died in a shooting told witnesses his sister shot him.

Deante Strickland died and his grandmother, 67-year-old Shirley Strickland and 25-year-old cousin — also named Shirley Strickland — were hurt in the shooting on August 2.

The victims were at home in the 6200 block of Northeast 24nd Avenue when Tamena Strickland allegedly shot them. According to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, Deante and his grandmother were shot in the living room.

Tamena Strickland is accused of shooting to death her brother, Deante Strickland, and wounding her aunt and grandmother, August 2, 2019 (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office/PSU)

The younger Shirley told investigators she was in her room and heard the gunshots. She came out and saw her cousin aim a handgun and shoot her.

Deante Strickland, who was found outside nearby, told a witness, “I don’t want to die, my sister shot me,” before he died, according to court documents.

He also said “Sister. Sister,” to another man who was with him after the shooting.

An August 2019 booking photo of Tamena Strickland. (PPB)

Tamena Strickland, 30, made her first court appearance Monday for charges of murder with a firearm and 2 counts of attempted murder with a firearm.

The Multnomah County courtroom was packed with family and Strickland made brief eye contact with them.

FILE – Deante Strickland at a PSU basketball game. (KOIN)

Deante Strickland played college basketball for 2 years at Casper College in Wyoming before being recruited by Portland State University to play in his hometown.

Deante had also joined the PSU Viking football program just this past spring. His uncle told KOIN 6 News Deante was just starting a master’s program at the college.

Strickland’s uncle told KOIN 6 News his niece went to his dad’s house and fatally shot Deante.

Strickland is due back in court on August 13.

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