Golden State Warriors brazen Kevin Durant (35) talks with arbitrate Brian Forte during a initial half of an NBA basketball diversion between a Warriors and a Phoenix Suns in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Mar 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
A tighten crony of Kevin Durant, whom a Golden State Warriors star has called his “adopted brother,” was fatally shot early Thursday outward a nightclub nearby Atlanta while celebrating his birthday.
Clifford Dixon, 32, was shot mixed times in a parking lot of a SL Lounge shortly after nearing during 1 a.m. He was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died, Chamblee, Ga., military said.
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Police have nonetheless to arrest the gunman, who ran divided from a scene, FOX5 Atlanta reported.
Dixon, who was innate in Maryland, was hosting a birthday jubilee during a bar, that he advertised on Instagram, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Police told a paper he was infrequently referred to as Durant’s “adopted brother.”
Dixon was taken in by Durant’s mother, Wanda, when he was 16 years old, a Oklahoman reported in 2014. She offering her condolences on Twitter.
“Our family was an prolongation of his we common smashing memories. His transition is an implausible detriment for all of us who desired him, he will be missed dearly,” she wrote.
Durant hinted during their tighten attribute in a 2014 MVP debate when Dixon was among those a NBA star thanked, a Journal-Constitution reported.
“There are days we come home dissapoint after a diversion or a use and we only lighten my day up,” Durant, who was personification for a Oklahoma City Thunder during a time, pronounced during his speech. “I appreciate we guys. we wouldn’t be here but we guys. This is a trophy, too.”
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Dixon was himself a former athlete, personification basketball for Western Kentucky University during a 2009-10 season. He after went on to play abroad in Mexico, Austria and Brazil, according to a Louisville Courier-Journal.
Despite a detriment of his friend, Durant played in Thursday night’s diversion opposite a Indiana Pacers, assisting a Warriors to a 112-89 victory. Durant put adult 15 points, 6 assists and 3 blocks.