A 31-year-old former college basketball star who was briefly a member of the Orlando Magic was shot to death at the Econ Landing townhomes in east Orange County overnight, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
In an unsigned statement, the agency said deputies were called to the 2500 block of Egret Shores Drive about 1:30 am, arriving to find Adreian Payne wounded. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the shooter, 29-year-old Lawrence Dority, stayed at the scene of the killing and was later interviewed by homicide detectives at OCSO headquarters.
The agency did not release any details from the interview or about what led to the shooting.
Dority has been arrested on a first-degree murder warrant and booked into the Orange County Jail, the Sheriff’s Office said.
According to a report by Sports Illustrated, a former teammate was first to break the news of Payne’s death. Others around the sport and basketball media have taken to social media to mourn his passing.
Payne played college basketball at Michigan State University, helping the program reach the elite eight in his senior season, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Payne was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in 2014. He signed a two-way contract with the Orlando Magic in 2017 and was waited the following year after stints with the NBA team and its G-League affiliate, the Lakeland Magic, according to reports.
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