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Former USM basketball player killed in Chicago

Former USM Player shot and killed. Photo Credit WDAM Former USM Player shot and killed. Photo Credit WDAM
CHICAGO, IL -

Former USM Basketball player Johnathan Mills was shot and killed in Chicago Sunday night, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Chicago native played at Southern Miss for two seasons from 2011-2013, earning accolades including All-Conference USA.

His former coach at Southern Miss, Donnie Tyndall, once called him “the toughest kid” he has ever coached.

Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis released a statement through the USM website. 

The statement reads: 

Jonathan brought great joy to the Southern Miss fan base through his infectious personality, his passion for the game, his relentless pursuit of excellence, and his tough, hard-nosed, blue-collar style of play. He was a winner. Jonathan made immense contributions on the court, in the locker room and in the community. He left an indelible mark on our basketball program and university, and our prayers are with his family, friends, former coaches and teammates. Jonathan made immense contributions on the court, in the locker room and in the community. He left an indelible mark on our basketball program and university, and our prayers are with his family, friends, former coaches and teammates.

Mills was known for his tenacious rebounding on the court becoming the 27th Golden Eagle ever to grab over 500 rebounds in his career.

Johnathan Mills was 26 years old.

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