Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, whose father was a victim of gun violence years ago, visited the Richmond High Oilers basketball team before Wednesday’s home game against Concord in order to uplift the athletes in the wake of the tragic shooting death of their starting point guard, Rodney Frazier Jr., according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Frazier, 16, was fatally shot in front of his North Richmond home on Nov. 7 for no apparent reason, authorities say, as he was not in a gang and was known for working hard in the classroom and on the basketball court and for inspiring his classmates.
His death led to a moving memorial in front of Richmond Memorial Auditorium that attracted hundreds of mourners including peers, coaches and religious and city leaders.
If that wasn’t enough of a testament to the pain the community has suffered from Frazier’s death, a visit from several Warriors team members Wednesday might be. Kerr brought assistant coach Alvin Gentry and players Marreese Speights, Shaun Livingston and Festus Ezeli to help bring relief to Frazier’s teammates before the game against Concord.
Kerr can understand their grief, the Chronicle noted, as when he was a freshman at the University of Arizona his father was shot dead by Islamic terrorists while working as a college president in Beirut. Here’s what he told Richmond High players before they took the court Wednesday: