Former Morgan State hoops player Blake Bozeman shot and killed this weekend

Courtesy of the CIAA

 A former Morgan State University basketball player was fatally shot outside a nightclub in Washington, D.C. on Saturday night, according to police.

Blake Bozeman, 31, was shot Saturday just before midnight when gunfire broke out at a club in the 1300 block of H Street NE, according to the police. 

First responders administered aid, and Blake and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Two other men and a woman were also hit, and all were taken to hospitals, according to police. 

The woman and the two other men were being treated early Sunday for wounds that were not considered life-threatening, according to police.

In a preliminary account, released early Sunday, police said they were looking for a black man about 5-foot-7 who wore a black hooded sweatshirt. He was last seen going west on H Street. No age was given.

No motive was provided in the shooting. It was not clear from the police account whether the shooting occurred in the club or outside it.

Blake, a Bowie, Maryland product, played four years as a starting guard for the Bears from 2011-15 where his father, Todd, was the program’s winningest Division 1 coach in Morgan history. Blake finished his playing career ranked No. 2 on the school’s all-time minutes leaderboard (3717), No. 4 in games played (123) and No 3 in 3-pointers made (183). He averaged 7.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists. He scored 20 or more points five times during his senior season, including a season-high 25 points at North Carolina A&T on Feb. 23, 2015.

Bozeman was productive both on the court, in the classroom and took pride in helping out in the community as well. He was selected to the 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team for his significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service. He volunteered at Special Olympics events, refereed soccer games for the mentally challenged, and organized a dance for mentally disabled students. 

Bozeman earned his B.S. in marketing from Morgan in 2014 and his M.A. in Journalism in 2016, from Morgan.

The Morgan family extends our deepest condolences and prayers to the Bozeman family and friends. Our family was an extension of his and he was a shining example of what it means to be a student-athlete.

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