After the Richmond High School Oilers basketball team lost their team captain to gun violence, players from the Golden State Warriors and head coach Steve Kerr made it a point to offer the team support in light of the recent tragedy.
Starting point guard Rodney Frazier, Jr., 16, was shot and killed in front of his North Richmond home on Nov. 7, according to reports. Frazier was known for working hard both in the classroom and on the basketball court. He would often stay after practice to shoot hoops in the gym at school, a Richmond High custodian told the SF Chronicle.
Students, faculty and the community are all grieving the loss of Frazier.
Frazier had no gang affiliation and was known to have many friends. There is no known motive for the killing.
Kerr, along with assistant coach Alvin Gentry and players Marreese Speights, Shaun Livingston, and Festus Ezeli attended the Oilers home game on Dec. 3 against Concord High and offered students words of encouragement before the game.
“We’re all part of a big group, and when we lose someone in that group, it’s devastating, especially in the manner in which Rodney was lost,” Kerr told players, as quoted in the SF Chronicle.
Kerr let the players know that the Warriors community was there to support them, and they were not alone in their grief. He lost his own father who was shot by Islamic terrorists while working as a college president in Beirut.
Kerr said, “I see the pain in your eyes and I know what you’re going through…and I wish you well.”