Laker player Wayne Ellington Jr. is on indefinite leave from the Lakers after the murder of his father in Philadelphia. The 26-year-old guard got a text from his father earlier that evening before the game. By the time the game was over, his father was dead, the victim of a gunshot wound to head in Philly’s Germantown section.
Philadelphia police are continuing to investigate the Germantown shooting death of the father of a Los Angeles Lakers guard – and they believe the 57-year-old man may have been targeted. But exactly why remains unclear, Homicide Capt. James Clark said Wednesday.
Wayne Ellington of West Mount Airy was found dead in a 2001 maroon Oldsmobile about 8:05 p.m. Sunday with a single gunshot to the left side of his head. He was pronounced dead that night at Einstein Medical Center.
Clark said that the investigation into Ellington’s death was progressing and that detectives hoped to make an arrest soon. He said a motive in the case was still unclear – it didn’t appear Ellington had been robbed, but it did appear he was targeted, Clark said.
The married father of three was living with his mother at the time of his death. She says he worked in finance at a law center in Bensalem, Pennsylvania a suburb of the city.