Former Michigan State basketball player Adreian Payne died early Monday morning, victim of a shooting in Orlando, Florida, police say. Payne was 31 years old.
News of Payne’s death began circulating late Monday morning, and as confirmed reports piled in, Michigan State members and larger basketball communities offered their condolences on Twitter.
The Orange County Florida Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a shooting report at 1:37 a.m. and found Payne, who was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead. A suspect, identified by police as 29-year-old Lawrence Dority, was at the scene when officers arrived and was taken to OCSO headquarters for questioning. Dority was arrested on a warrant for first-degree murder, police said.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Payne played four seasons at MSU, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors twice before becoming a first-round pick of the Atlanta Hawks in 2014.
Below is a collection of memories and reactions on social media from MSU and beyond in the wake of Payne’s death:
Brandon Wood, former MSU player: “My brother, my roommate, my teammate, one of my closest boys at State. I’m just glad to hear from you and we had this great conversation last month. I love you, my brother..”
Branden Dawson, former MSU player: “Thank you for the memories and the struggles we shared. A brotherhood forever. Rest dawg spartan » | “This one hurt. I’m at a loss for words right now.”
Magic Johnson, MSU Legend: “Cookie and I are heartbroken to learn that former Spartan Adreian Payne has passed away. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family and the Spartan Nation! Adreian will be greatly missed.
Former MSU player Miles Bridges: ‘Rest AP’
Gary Harris, former MSU player: “AP5”