Former Michigan State Star Adreian Payne Shot and Killed Early Monday Morning

By Kevin Harrish on May 9, 2022 at 12:31 pm
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Some heartbreaking news came out of East Lansing on Monday as news broke that former Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne was shot and killed early Monday Monday morning.

He was 31 years old.

From TMZ Sports:

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, officers responded to a report of a shooting at around 1:37 a.m. and discovered Payne suffering from a gunshot wound.

Cops say Payne was transported to a hospital, but later died there.

A spokesperson for the sheriff's office says 29-year-old Lawrence Dority was identified as the shooter ... and was ultimately arrested on a warrant for first degree murder.

Payne, who arrived at Michigan State as a five-star prospect out of Jefferson High School in Dayton, Ohio, blossomed into one of the top players in the country and helped lead the Spartans to the Elite Eight during his senior season in 2013, recording 16.4 points per game and 7.3 rebounds.

He competed against Ohio State on the court, but maintained a close relationship with many Buckeye players due to his Ohio roots, including his former teammate Jared Sullinger.

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