The father of former Cleveland Cavaliers star Richard Jefferson, pictured right, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Southern California, according to published reports.

Richard Allen Jefferson, 65, was shot multiple times just before 7 p.m. Wednesday in Compton, a notoriously gang-infested city south of Los Angeles.

According to a statement by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the elder Jefferson was standing on a street corner when a dark-colored vehicle carrying several Black male occupants pulled up alongside him.

One of the vehicle's occupants opened fire, striking the elder Jefferson several times in the upper torso. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

The younger Jefferson played in the NBA for 17 years before retiring at the end of the 2017-2018 season. He won an NBA championship with the Cavaliers in 2016.

The younger Jefferson previously spoke about growing up in Compton before moving to Arizona with his family at age 7.

"The area that we were living in, was pretty bad, he said in an interview. "We were living in South Central during the crack epidemic. I was born in 1980, so when we moved in 1987, it was right at the height of it."

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  • sunni_daze

    I wonder if his dad was in the game. You don't hear about drive bys on the elderly people.

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    RIP!
    Was this just random?

  • WhoKnew

    WTF? Was his dad out there like that or was he at the wrong place at the wrong time?

  • http://suzar.com/BOTW/BOTW-ch1d-pages7-8.html Staci Elle

    Damn, he came to my parents a few times- my dad knew him. I don’t remember him but my dad said he was a good guy. RIP

  • dontgetblocked

    Once again...this is why I don't congregate around too many black folks. Why was he "hanging" on a street corner? Bad news, especially for a grown azz man. Your son has made millions of dollars and you're still hanging out in the hood. I keep myself in nice safe "white areas" because I like breathing. You only creep to the hood every once in a while to get a good fish sandwich or some ribs. Then like white folks take your azz back to the safety of the suburbs or at least the good section of town.

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  • MoniquetheGeek

    Rest in peace Richard Sr.

  • MoniquetheGeek

    What's safe "white areas?" Movie theaters? Schools? Workplaces? Country music festivals? Hair salons?

  • Shamwow

    Probably trying to stretch his loaned money the best way he knew how. He didn’t have those skills you mentioned about going in and out of the hood. Truth is real live hoodrats are uncomfortable around whites. The minute the streets clear up their like I hope I don’t get pulled over. I definitely get what your saying, I do what you mention often but for some they can’t handle going back and forth. Nothing but love sis.

  • Shamwow

    Sound like daddy was targeted! Dad was possibly flipping money. He should’ve left that foolishness behind him. People are so afraid of selling out and leaving the past in the past but, the streets will never love you back. Only time the streets show love is after your dead on a T-shirt.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    lol Say it again!!!! So true!

  • http://www.4flavorsofmecreolemami.com/?m=1 ?4FlavorsOfMe ?????CreoleMami?

    oh wow :( sometimes older people like to stay where they are comfortable at or go back to visit where they are familiar with... I heard a few celebs say they cant get their older family out the hoods etc man I hate to hear this they did not have to do him like that smh

  • Soda

    Most crime on the entire planet is committed by men, yet she never comments about them negatively as a group the way she does black people, as if a few wrongdoers represent the whole race. She's probably one of those Yahoos who refer to black people as 13s because they can't use the n-word. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9c42e838e2555f460d929ba50c824ff075f2984aa6d7975a5dfb6fd4b55b85d2.gif

  • Malcom Flex

    What, nobody is coming up here talking about how the father is a sacrifice and he's in the Illuminati?! They usually say that when a famous black male's relative dies.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Black self-hatred is a terrible thing.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Richard Jefferson aint that famous. Now if this was LeBron's father, I could see people saying that (as dumb as it might be).

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Richard Jefferson aint that famous. Now if this was LeBron's father, I could see people saying that (as dumb as it might be).

  • Quitedeliteful

    Jennifer Hudson couldn't get her mother to leave the south side of Chicago... smh... just sad...

  • Quitedeliteful

    Jennifer Hudson couldn't get her mother to leave the south side of Chicago... smh... just sad...

  • Quitedeliteful

    Why him! This is what I want to know!!! I'm wondering if their is more to this story because I would think gang-bangers are usually too busy shooting up each other to worry about a 65 yer old man. I wonder if he was targeted because of who his son is...

  • Quitedeliteful

    Why him! This is what I want to know!!! I'm wondering if their is more to this story because I would think gang-bangers are usually too busy shooting up each other to worry about a 65 yer old man. I wonder if he was targeted because of who his son is...

  • guest

    Terrible!!!!them fools probably mistaken him for somebody else. Definite a set up.

  • guest

    Terrible!!!!them fools probably mistaken him for somebody else. Definite a set up.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Sad...smh

  • KcoolMuziq

    J Huds situation was terribly sad. Because her family was sacrificed because she was the famous sister. Also she was suppose to be included in the deaths. But her now ex prevented her from flying back to The Chi that particular day.
    She owes him her LIFE!

  • dontgetblocked

    That's sad but I get what you're saying. I would suggest people find a nice black community where they can live if they're uncomfortable around whites. Just get away from an area where there are drive-bys. I'm not going to lie. I've started ducking when I have to go to a dangerous area. Bullets don't have names.

  • dontgetblocked

    Generally an area where there aren't DRIVE-BYS. Yes, they do exist. Do better!

  • dontgetblocked

    A few wrongdoers? The prisons are full of black men. Suge Knight just got 28 years for murder. Black men commit crimes ...a lot of crimes. White men aren't robbing granny in the hood. That's black men. Quit acting like they're innocent.

  • dontgetblocked

    I'm not a crime committing black man...so I don't hate myself. How come black men want black women to support them? But when it comes to loving a Becky...love has no racial boundaries. Well, when it comes to black men living the thug life and landing in jail or the grave...race has no boundaries. You're own your own.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I can't understand why anyone who is famous would want to go back to the hood. Maybe to pass out turkeys or build a school or something but that's it.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Sad. May he rest in peace. A lady was hit with a bullet, while at work the other day. SMH!

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Sad. May he rest in peace. A lady was hit with a bullet, while at work the other day. SMH!

  • pure_rachet

    According to another site, he was hanging outside a liquor store with a couple of other dudes.

  • Dun Dilly

    I still can't figure out what the heck is "EXTREME WITCHCRAFT" that Beyonce and em are using...

  • Melinated Goddess??

    This font is a racist. They wouldn't live in an affluent black neighborhood. In their ignorant maggot infested mind they think white is always right. Hell this is the same fool that said black women don't dive into ocean. So take anything this shit head says with a molecule of salt.

  • dontgetblocked

    I wouldn't live there. However, there are certain things you can only get in the hood. The best Asian hair supply stores are in the hood. The best fried fish joints, Carribean food, Chinese fried wings and fries, and rib joints are in the hood. Also, the best Popeye's and Church's Chicken restaurants. I plan my trips to the hood during daylight hours and low traffic times. I'm always aware of my surroundings and ready to duck if necessary.

  • Melinated Goddess??

    Chile.. .. that font is a white woman and or a racist selfhater. They use to go under a different name and had a white barbie doll as their picture. I gave them shit about it a while back and now they've come back as this character. Smh.

  • Melinated Goddess??

    You're lying trash. You aren't black nor do you like black people. You yourself said black women don't swim. So how are you a black woman again? You also use the same racist statistics to judge black people as a whole. Only racist anti black people do shit like that. Your so ignorant that you can't see that people here are on to you. We know who and what you are already. Stop pretending. It isn't working .

  • dontgetblocked

    Name five black women who dive into the ocean. We try to avoid getting our hair wet. Most of us don't swim well. Who the phluck other than Beyonce do you know jumping off a boat into an ocean...a river or even a damn lake! Now who's the shlit head! Get the hell out of here dumb azz!

  • dontgetblocked

    Weren't you banned for bullying people? That was under a different name wasn't it?

  • dontgetblocked

    Once again...weren't you banned for starting trouble and bullying? BTW...you're weird. It isn't that serious!

  • Melinated Goddess??

    Once again Susan why aren't you banned for your bold face lies and anti black rhetoric? I'm not weird you're just upset that I can see you and it makes your racist ass uncomfortable. You people are something else.

  • Melinated Goddess??

    Who's us? You think black people don't exist outside of your racist stereotyping bubble. You're a racist. You assume black people don't live outside of the USA. Many black women go swimming and don't care about their hair you racist garbage. You basing your "facts" on racist stereotypes. Stop it Susan. All you're doing is proving me right. Quit while you're behind.

  • Soda

    Every black man arrested or convicted is not guilty. Unfortunately hardly any are afforded the privilege your prized white brethren get.

  • Shamwow

    Exactly it’s not worth it to live forever in fear. Scared to put out certain kinds of trash because the neighbors might think you got money. Only fear I’m willing to take is a quick trip to the chicken shack and back on the highway.

  • SweetTEE

    bc ain't no such thing. People use the craft for good or bad. Bad is bad in my experience and that drummer is crazy

  • Alextra Ballard

    Somn ain right. Was he targeted,or was it random. I hope daddy wasn't into anything. People just ain shidt these dayz. Taken a human life means nothing to some peepo. Just sad

  • Li-Wright

    I don't understand this. The man was 65 yo. What the hell did he do to the people in the car to cause retribution? You know that's what it is, he did something (money? drugs? woman) and they retaliated. this is a shame. You cant even live to old age anymore w/o getting shot.

  • Li-Wright

    If it wasn't mistaken identity, Sr. did something and somebody is retaliating. It could be a woman....drugs....money...calling somebody a name. it's senseless whatever it is.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Maaan I had just left Walmart,b4 I could get home they had a shooting and a stabbin

  • Melinated Goddess??

    Why isn't your rampant anti blackness checked? All you do is lie and bash black people in here 24/7 365. You have nothing else better to do.

  • ImWoke

    Such a sad story. R.I.H sir and condolences to his loved ones

  • Quitedeliteful

    So true. Whatever the reason it makes absolutely no sense...

  • Patricia

    standing on the street corner in compton???

  • MsChocolate

    My condolences.

  • Juliaquan C Spain

    Why was he standing on he corner in Compton?

  • http://suzar.com/BOTW/BOTW-ch1d-pages7-8.html Staci Elle

    Maybe a woman, my dad said he stayed having a woman ? idk

  • Dun Dilly

    Yea, was thinking that drummer crazy...but Black Women don't throw around the "witch craft" word so freely. Our ppl are superstitious,..you say Extreme WC, you better real w it.

  • kekeb

    This is horrible!!

  • dontgetblocked

    I agree. Get my food and get gone.

  • dontgetblocked

    You're a weird stalker! KInd of obvious on this post. Do better!

  • Raquel

    Um.....??? This story makes absolutely NO SENSE. And by "no sense" I mean, the dots don't connect. So many questions....
    65 years old
    Standing on the block?? ?
    Was he wearing gang affiliated clothing that would make them think he was at least, a rival?
    Was it a case of mistaken identity? And if so, 65 year olds still gang bang??
    Was it retaliation of some sort?
    Sounds to me this story was "put together" to hide what really might have happened. Yeah....Compton may be rough but thjs sh*t is all outta sorts to me.

  • 1BlueStar

    I was thinking the exact same thing!!
    Da fukk?? 65 gettn shot in a drive by in Compton?? I was expecting to read that he was mistakenly shot when a stray bullet flew through his house or something...

  • Melinated Goddess??

    You're a racist, do better.

  • Abel Ervin

    As much money as junior was worth it could have been prevented, probably weren't on speaking terms

  • TransMichelle

    Killed by another black person as usual. Where's the outcry folks? Oh I forgot, the killer wasn't a white cop.

  • TransMichelle

    What's so unusual for a black man at 65 years old to be standing on the block? I mean really. You don't think black men do that? Many are unemployed or still trying to act like they 25 years old. Doesn't matter if their child is a NBA star.

  • Allihave2say
  • Dun Dilly

    WHOA!!! LOL

  • laidbackgal4real

    Smh ... RIP to that man ?

  • Sade_fan

    When black people kill other black people and are caught, they go to jail. That's all we want for cops. When they kill us we want them to go to jail too. Get it now? Uuuuggghhh!