Pelicans’ Rookie Bryce Dejean-Jones Fatally Shot
New Orleans Pelicans rookie Bryce Dejean-Jones was shot and killed early Saturday morning while breaking into a Texas apartment he thought belonged to his baby’s mother.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Bryce died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen after he kicked open the front door of the wrong apartment and the man sleeping inside woke up and shot him.
The 23-year-old New Orleans Pelicans guard “kicked open the front door” to a unit in the Camden Belmont Apartments, just east of Central Expressway and Fitzhugh Avenue, about 3:20 a.m., police said.
Police said the man who lived there woke up, grabbed his handgun and “called out” to the intruder. But he got no answer.
When Dejean-Jones kicked the door to the bedroom, police said, the man fired, apparently in self-defense.
Dejean-Jones ran out of the apartment and “collapsed in the breezeway,” police said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died.
In a statement, Bryce Dejean-Jones’ agent, Scott Nichols, told CNN the NBA rookie was in Dallas visiting his girlfriend for his daughter’s first birthday.
It was Bryce’s first time visiting his girlfriend’s new apartment. When he came back later that night, he mistakenly went to the apartment directly below hers.
It is the most tragic case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Just last week, Bryce posted a video of his daughter with the caption, “Can’t wait to see tht smile again.”
The New Orleans Pelicans released a statement saying they are “devastated” by Bryce’s death.
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— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) May 28, 2016
Such a tragedy!
I extend my thoughts and prayers to Bryce’s family, friends, and teammates during this difficult time.