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Father Of Los Angeles Lakers Player Fatally Shot In Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Wayne Ellington has been granted an indefinite leave of absence from the team after his father was shot and killed Sunday in Philadelphia, the Lakers announced Tuesday.

"My family and I are devastated by the news of my father's murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia," said Ellington in a statement. "We appreciate everyone's support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time."

Authorities say the victim, identified as 57-year-old Wayne R. Ellington, was found inside the driver side seat of a vehicle around 8 p.m. Sunday on the 5200 block of Marion Street. Police say he was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center where he later died.

Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak also released a statement:

"Our players are upset for their friend and teammate. Additionally, ownership and all Lakers employees are also saddened by this tragedy. Those of us who work with and have gotten to know Wayne have come to know what a wonderful and caring person he is. Our hearts go out to Wayne and his family, as do our thoughts and prayers."

It's not known when Ellington will rejoin the team.

There is no word on a suspect or motive at this time.

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