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Ex-KU Basketball Player Shot Dead

October 17, 1997

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Former Kansas basketball player Sean Tunstall, a member of the 1991 Final Four team, was shot and killed Thursday in the parking lot of a recreation center, according to police.

Tunstall, a reserve guard on the team that was also co-champions of the Big Eight, was shot just before 5 p.m., St. Louis police said

Another person was injured in the shooting. Police declined to identify that victim, but said his injuries were serious but not life-threatening.

Police were releasing no other information Thursday night.

Tunstall lettered in the 1990-91 season, averaging 5.7 points a game. In the regional semifinals he scored 15 points against Indiana and then had 11 points against Arkansas in the game that sent the Jayhawks to the Final Four.

Kansas beat North Carolina in the semifinals, then lost to Duke in the national championship game, Tunstall’s last game with the Jayhawks. Tunstall was suspended for violations of the team and departmental policies the following October and coach Roy Williams never reinstated him.

In March 1993, Tunstall pleaded guilty to one count of selling cocaine, and received a prison sentence of 3-to-10 years.

Tunstall, who played basketball at Vashon High in St. Louis, played only season for Kansas.

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