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Sister of Duke basketball player killed in wreck

Posted December 7, 2009

— The sister of Duke University freshman basketball player Andre Dawkins was killed in a wreck in West Virginia this weekend.

Duke spokesman Matt Plizga said that Lacey Dawkins, 21, died, and Andre Dawkins' mother, Tamara Hill, was injured in the wreck.

An update on Hill's condition was not available Monday morning.

CBS affiliate WVNS reports that three other people were also injured in the multiple-vehicle wreck Saturday on Interstate 77 at mile marker 53, in Pax, W. Va.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Andre’s sister, Lacey,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said Monday.

“Andre is a terrific young man and his family is very important to him. Our thoughts and prayers go out the entire Dawkins family during this trying time.”

Andre Dawkins, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, played for 21 minutes in Duke's victory over St. John's Saturday. His relatives were on the way to the game to see him play.

A native of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, he graduated early from Atlantic Shores Christian Academy in Virginia to enroll at Duke.

He was raised by Andre and Pamela Dawkins and has three younger siblings.

Dawkins has left the team to be with his family in Virginia.


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  • bigdookie Dec 7, 2009

    Keep your head up Bro!!! Praying for you and your family.

  • Warden Dec 7, 2009

    Terrible, terrible news, and so close to the holidays! :( Many prayers for to everyone involved... family, friends, and the compassionate neighbors out here.

    Also, many prayers for the family, friends and neighbors who have lost someone recently. I kind of agree with fishon -- it's a tragedy, regardless of whether or not someone is connected to a local celebrity. So many people are suffering with loss and crisis right now, and they are all deserving of compassion and notice.

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  • fbguru Dec 7, 2009

    Not the time to have this sorta discussion...Bingo! That's what I meant. If you have anything negative to say, save it for another type of article, not this one. Period.

  • jenningsjohanna Dec 7, 2009

    For those of you who are complaining about this article: if you don't want to read it, don't read it. The rest of us care about this story and would like a forum to express our sympathies and there is no reason why you should have anything negative to say about that at all. Goodness! Some people will complain about anything.

  • tlg0022 Dec 7, 2009

    Why does it matter if it's a top story or not? Not the time to have this sorta discussion..show a little compassion.

  • NavySrChiefswife Dec 7, 2009

    I guess what some (including me) are trying to figure out is---why has this been a top story all day? Yes, I am very sorry this young man's sister lost her life in a wreck. But I dont think this is a top story. If you look at the WRAL page, you wont find a story about Pearl Harbor--an event that changed the USA.

  • One 4 the Team Dec 7, 2009

    I'm Feeling you Chase me. Bad timing however.

  • mramorak Dec 7, 2009

    i agree with fishon and i think chaseme should be banned for life for that comment!

  • wildcat Dec 7, 2009

    My condolences to the family and I hope his mother will be OK.