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Ex-Maine basketball player shot dead outside Chicago

December 26, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — Police asked the public for help Friday in solving the killing of a former standout University of Maine basketball player who was found shot outside his suburban Chicago home this week.

Nate J. Fox, an Illinois native who starred on several pro teams in Europe after his college, was found with at least two gunshot wounds in a driveway at his townhome Monday night in Bloomingdale, northwest of Chicago. The 37-year-old was pronounced dead at an area hospital, Police Chief Frank Giammarese said.

Investigators are scouring for leads. They say the 6-foot-9 Fox was shot after returning to his upper-middleclass neighborhood in his Jaguar XJ from his car-salesman job.

“Did something happened that day or was it a longer term thing? That’s what we’re trying to decide,” Giammarese said. “We are asking people to call us, even if they have some information that might seem small — a communication on social media, an email or whatever.”

Someone lived in the same Tamarack Drive residence, but Giammarese wouldn’t describe the person’s relationship to Fox. Police interviewed that individual and others, but no one has been singled out as a suspect, he said.

Fox, who graduated from Plainfield High School, scored 1,036 points in two seasons with Maine after transferring from Boston College, averaging 17.9 points and being selected for the first-team All-America East his senior year. Fox later played in Europe, including in Germany, Estonia and France. He ended his 13-year pro career in Belgium in 2012.

The police chief said he spoke to Fox’s mother and father on Christmas Day,

“Anytime you lose a loved one, it is a terrible situation,” he said. “Obviously they want to know what happened. But the main thing is they lost their son and they are grieving. It’s a sad day.”

Friends, including several in Europe, posted tributes to Fox on an online message board set up by Joliet’s Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home, which is handling the funeral arrangements. One from Germany read: “He’ll be remembered for always having a joke to crack or a shoulder to lean on.”

Among those who survive Fox are his parents, two brothers and his girlfriend, according to an obituary posted online by the funeral home. Fox’s funeral is scheduled for Monday.


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