A man who was an up-and-coming basketball player and father of an 11-month-old was killed Wednesday afternoon in a Prince George’s County neighborhood.
Lamont Adair Jr., 24, of Capitol Heights, Md., was shot and killed at about 3:50 p.m. in the 6600 block of Greig Street in Seat Pleasant, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
His mother, Darlene Rainey, said her son was a basketball enthusiast who played at any opportunity he got. The only thing he loved more than basketball, she said, was his 11-month-old son.
Adair lived at home with his parents, sister and his son, Rainey said. He was headed to a nearby recreation center to play basketball when he was killed, she said.
Rainey said Adair was preparing to leave next month to play on a basketball team in China.
“I think he played better than Michael Jordan,” Rainey said. “I went to all his games.”
Adair’s Instagram page is filled with photos of him and his son. A video posted two days ago shows Adair’s son taking his first steps.
“He won’t even be here for his baby’s first birthday,” Rainey said, choking on her words.
Detectives are trying to figure out a motive for the shooting and find the killer or killers. Officials said they do not think this was a random crime.
His mother said she does not believe that an incident that was part of a pending court case had anything to do with her son’s death.
At the time of his death, Adair had an active charge from February for marijuana possession and possession of paraphernalia, according to Maryland court records.
She said she thinks someone may have killed him due to jealousy over his basketball career.
“Because somebody else is going somewhere, you have the right to take their life?” his mother asked. “Everybody involved are cowards as far as I’m concerned.”