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Portland police respond to a fatal shooting in Northeast Portland, Ore., on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. The Portland Police Bureau says officers responding to a shooting report just after 2 p.m. Friday found multiple victims injured. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP) Aug. 2, 2019. The Portland Police Bureau says officers responding to a shooting report just after 2 p.m. Friday found multiple victims injured. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)
The Associated Press
Published: 03 August 2019

UPDATE: Police have arrested a woman following the shooting death of a Portland State University basketball player.

Police in Portland say 30-year-old Tamena Strickland was taken into custody late Friday following the shooting death of 22-year-old Deante Strickland.

The Oregonian/OregonLive has reported that Deante Strickland's uncle, Damian Strickland, said Tamena Strickland is Deante Strickland's sister.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland State University has confirmed that a man fatally shot Friday at a house in the city was a basketball player at the school.

The school said in a statement that it “mourns the tragic loss of student-athlete Deante Strickland.”

Strickland, 22, played basketball at Portland State University after starring at Casper College in Wyoming.

The Portland Police Bureau says officers responding to a shooting report just after 2 p.m. found multiple victims injured.

Police said a woman shot them and that a man was dead at the scene, according to an Oregon Live report. Police say the women are believed to have injuries that are not life-threatening.

No arrests have been made. Police said Friday afternoon they were searching for a woman who arrived and left in a silver Lexus SUV with a young child.

Strickland earned All-State honors at Central Catholic High School in Portland, where he played basketball and football.

He was a member of Central Catholic's state-champion football teams his junior and senior years, and was a key reserve on Portland State's men's basketball team the past two seasons, averaging 7.4 points in 65 games. He was planning to play running back for Portland State's football team this fall.

“My heart is broken," said Valerie Cleary, Portland State's athletic director.

“Strick was one of the best. He put so much dedication into all he did on and off the court. He truly represented our Viking values and his hometown of Portland. I will never forget his smile.”

The statement said:

“Strickland attended Portland's Central Catholic High School and Casper College in Wyoming. Upon coming to Portland State, he played in 65 games over two seasons for the men's basketball team. Strickland was a social science major at Portland State. 

“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 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.”

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