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Ex-College Basketball Player Surrenders After Barricading Himself in Motel

July 23, 1987

CHICAGO (AP) _ A former college basketball player who left Creighton University because he said he couldn’t read or write surrendered peacefully to police today after barricading himself in a downtown motel, police said.

Deputy Police Superintendent Joseph Mayo identified the man as Kevin Ross, who left the Omaha, Neb., school and attended a remedial program at a Chicago grade school run by noted educator Marva Collins.

Mayo said Ms. Collins was brought to the scene and had aided police in convincing Ross to surrender after several hours in the eighth-floor room of the Quality Inn Downtown.

Ross told police he had a gun, but no weapons were found in his room and no shots were fired, Mayo said. He said, however, that police had found two bullets in the room.

″He was in a lot of pain,″ Ms. Collins said at the scene after Ross surrendered. ″He called me every hour on the hour at home last night.″

She said he had been frustrated in his effort to get a job to earn money in order to finish his college education.

″I can understand and identify with his bitterness,″ Ms. Collins said. ″He’s a young man who’s filled with pain and society is to blame for this.″

Ross, 28, who averaged 4.2 points per game at Creighton, dropped out in September 1982, and enrolled in Ms. Collins’ school.

The 6-foot-9 former basketball player completed studies there and went on to enroll as a part-time student at Roosevelt University in Chicago during 1984 and 1985. Though he discontinued studies, he told the Omaha World-Herald in a 1986 interview he hoped to resume them, graduate and become a teacher.

He said he was living in the Chicago area and doing odd jobs while fighting ″many problems,″ including alcoholism.

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