PSU basketball player killed in Friday shooting
Portland State University is mourning the death of basketball player Deante Strickland, who was killed Friday afternoon in a Concordia neighborhood shooting.
Homicide detectives have arrested Tamena J. Strickland, 30, booked her into the Multnomah County Detention Center on a charge of murder and two counts of attempted murder.
Tamena is Deante's sister.
Portland police said the shooting happened at about 2 p.m. Aug. 2, in the 6200 Block of Northeast 42nd Avenue. North Precinct officers called to the area discovered four people injured by the shooting. One person died. Three others were treated at a local hospital for their injuries.
Police have not released the other victims' identities.
Portland State Athletics announced Strickland's death in a Friday afternoon press release. Strickland had been a student at PSU for the past two years, majoring in social science. He was a member of the men's basketball team. Strickland also joined the Viking football program in the spring.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Deante," said Portland State Director of Athletics Valerie Cleary. "He represented everything it means to be a Viking in his hometown of Portland. He will forever be remembered for his character, determination and warm smile. Our prayers go out to his family and friends."
Strickland attended Portland's Central Catholic High School and Casper College in Wyoming. He played in 65 PSU basketball games during two seasons.
"We are all deeply saddened and grieving about this tragic news," said Viking Basketball Coach Barret Peery, who recruited Deante back to his hometown in 2017. "We are better for having had Deante in our lives. His smile, passion and energy for life were second to none. He lit up a room and made the people around him better in every way. He loved his family, his friends and everyone around him. He had great pride in being a kid from Portland and it showed in how he competed each day. We will never forget him and he will always be with us."
PSU Athletics is working with the PSU Center for Student Health and Counseling to provide assistance for student-athletes and others during the grieving process.
KOIN 6 News contributed to this story. KOIN is a Portland Tribune news partner.
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