PSU Vikings mourn ‘leader, friend’ Deante Strickland

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Deante Strickland was fatally shot by his sister, detectives say

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The basketball team at Portland State University is mourning the sudden death of one of its players.

Deante Strickland was shot and killed Friday afternoon in Northeast Portland.

A makeshift memorial had been erected by Saturday outside the Peter Stott Athletic Center.

PSU staff have been providing grief support. Basketball Coach Barret Peery has also held meetings with the team to console them.

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

Peery said Deante was a strong supporter of PSU and the city of Portland. The 22-year-old played college basketball for 2 years at Casper College in Wyoming before Peery recruited him back to his hometown.

The coach told KOIN 6 News Peery always boasted that Portland was the best city whenever he was on the road for games.

PSU Basketball Coach Barret Peery, Aug. 3, 2019. (KOIN)

“He did a great job statistically but, more important than that, he was a great kid, he was a great leader, a friend, a teammate, a guy that was a great representative of Portland State,” Peery said. “He is that guy that was really proud to be a Portland kid and put that uniform on and represent Portland.”

Past and present teammates and coaches took to social media to express their sadness over Deante’s death.

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.

Homicide detectives accuse Deante’s sister, 30-year-old Tamena Strickland, of shooting Deante as well as her aunt and grandma.

Both women are expected to survive.

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