Older Sister Arrested for Killing Portland State Basketball Star, Shooting Grandmother and Aunt

By Samuel Allegri

A 30-year-old woman was arrested by police for allegedly shooting her brother to death and wounding two other women on Aug. 2.

The fatally shot man was 22-year-old college basketball star Deante Strickland, who played at Portland State University in Oregon.

She also opened fire and wounded Deante’s grandmother and aunt.

Police did not say if the shooter is related to Deante, but his uncle Damian Strickland told KATU News that the shooter was his sister, Tamena Strickland, adding that he had no clue as to why she would shoot her family.

The aunt and grandmother were taken to the hospital and are expected to recover.

Deante was a senior on last season’s Portland State Vikings basketball team, and many people shared photos on social media remembering him as a good player and positive young man. According to OregonLive, contractors working nearby tried to save him by calling an ambulance, performing CPR, and putting pressure on the wounds. They told his family that his last words were, “My sister shot me … I don’t want to die.”

Tamena Strickland is a suspect and has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

She allegedly shot them multiple times.

“Everyone is shocked,” said Damian Strickland. He said that the grandmother was shot nine times, reported Fox.

According to ABC, Tamena is being held in Multnomah County Detention Center without bail on the murder charge, and $500,000 for the two attempted murder charges.

Eyewitness Kenneth Carter told KATU that he was driving when Deante tried to get his attention just after the shooting.

“As I crossed over [Northeast Holman], he came running down in the middle of the street,” Carter told KATU. “I didn’t know what was going on, his arms were flailing and flapping as to signal, to stop me.”

Carter said that Deante was bleeding from his mouth when he reached his side window. He also said two vehicles sped by and startled him. One of the vehicles is believed to be the shooter’s car.

He then ran into a construction site where a construction worker tried to help the critically wounded Deante, but he didn’t survive.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Deante,” said Portland State Director of Athletics Valerie Cleary in a statement. “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.”

“We are all deeply saddened and grieving about this tragic news,” said Viking Basketball Coach Barret Peery, “We are better for having had Deante in our lives. His smile, passion and energy for life was 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. I love Deante and am a better man for having the opportunity to coach him. This entire community will miss him.”

Deante was recuited back to his hometown in 2017 by Coach Peery.