Tim Triplett Found Dead

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Photo: Chicago Sun-Times

Photo: Chicago Sun-Times

There’s an ideology in Chicago and many inner-cities around the world that comes in form of a choice – either you ball or play the streets.

Sadly, as reports continue to rise and showcase the violence that has claimed so many lives, the line between basketball and the streets is becoming, more and more, a thin one.

Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood lost another star in former high school basketball player, Tim Triplett.

Triplett, 20, was an exceptional player at Crane, Marshall and briefly Farragut. According to police, he suffered numerous gun shot wounds  and was later pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital, Sunday afternoon.

Triplett was the father of a boy and a girl. His coach at Crane, Tim Anderson expressed his grief to the Chicago Sun Times, describing the fallen talent as “the kind of guy that was trying to do the right thing. A lot of times people don’t understand how close basketball and the streets are with one another.”

The loss comes at an ever more devastating cost to his mother, who lost her younger son to gun violence, as well.

Prayers go up and out to the family of Tim Triplett and the many young lives gone too soon in the midst of violence.