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Los Angeles Lakers Player Wayne Ellington's Father Shot To Death In Philadelphia

EL SEGUNDO, CA - OCTOBER 4, 2014: Wayne Ellington #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers poses for a portrait during training camp at t
EL SEGUNDO, CA - OCTOBER 4, 2014: Wayne Ellington #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers poses for a portrait during training camp at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, CA on October 4, 2014. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nov 11 (Reuters) - The father of a player for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers was shot to death in Philadelphia over the weekend, the team said in a statement on Tuesday.

Lakers guard Wayne Ellington, who joined the team this year, said in a statement he and his family were "devastated by the news of my father's murder."

The Philadelphia Daily News reported that the father, 57-year-old Wayne Ellington, was found in a car on Sunday with a gunshot wound to the head and died later at a local hospital.

Philadelphia police could not be immediately reached for details of the shooting.

Ellington was given an indefinite leave of absence from the team in light of the killing and it was unclear when he would return, the team said.

The Lakers lost on Tuesday to the Memphis Grizzlies by a score of 102-107, bringing their record to 1-6. (Reporting by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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