Deante Strickland
Deante Strickland

UPDATED AUG. 3, 11:50 P.M.

A well-known Portland athlete and 2015 graduate of Central Catholic High School was shot dead Aug. 2 in Northeast Portland, apparently by his older sister.

Deante Strickland, 22, was a well-liked Central Catholic student who played football and basketball for the Rams and later became a two-sport athlete at Portland State University.

Portland Police arrested Tamena Strickland, 30, the same evening on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, according to a report on OregonLive. Also injured were the siblings’ aunt and grandmother, both named Shirley. The two women’s wounds are not life-threatening, police said. The shooting took place on Northeast 42nd Avenue in the Cully neighborhood, just north of St. Charles Parish.

Construction workers across the street attempted to save Deante Strickland, who was shot in the chest.

Damian Strickland, an uncle to Deante and Tamena, told the Oregonian that a 4-year-old was present but not injured. The uncle also said he did not know of an ongoing dispute in the family.

Deante Strickland  was a key member of Central Catholic’s title-winning football teams in 2013 and 2014.

"Deante had an infectious personality and a smile that would change your mood instantly,” said Rams football coach Steve Pyne. “He impacted all those around him. His loyalty, gratitude, and humility made all who came into contact with him better for it. As an athlete, Deante was gifted with a great work ethic and competitive spirit. He played with tremendous effort and enjoyment; this made a significant impact on his teammates and coaches. They never wanted to let him down.”  

Danyelle Ramsey, principal of Central Catholic, called Strickland a loyal friend.

“He put his whole heart into whatever he wanted to achieve and always with a smile,” Ramsey said. “This kind of tragedy and loss leaves those who knew him and loved him with an incredibly empty space. This is the time for all of us to come together and fill those empty spaces with fierce love.”  

Colin McGinty, president of Central Catholic, called Strickland “an incredible young person” and said the loss is hard to grasp.

“We are all grieving this unexpected loss to our community,” McGinty said. “Deante and his family, friends, and the Portland State community will be in our thoughts and prayers.”