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Former Casper College guard Deante Strickland was shot and killed Friday in Portland, Oregon.

Strickland, who played two years for the Thunderbirds (2015-17), was shot in the chest and made it across the street to a construction site, according to a story posted in The Oregonian. Construction workers applied pressure to the wound until paramedics arrived, but Strickland, 22, later died.

The Oregonian story stated that police later arrested Tamena Strickland, Deante’s sister, on charges of murder and attempted murder. In addition to Deante Strickland, his aunt and grandmother were also wounded in the shooting in a Northeast Portland residence.

After leaving Casper College, Deante Strickland played two years at Portland State. According to The Oregonian, he was going to walk on to the Portland State football team.

Strickland was a standout multi-sport athlete at Central Catholic High School in Portland. During his sophomore season at Casper College he averaged 15.6 points and 5.7 assists per game and earned honorable mention junior college All-America honors.

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Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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