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Former Southern Miss forward Jonathan Mills shot dead in Chicago

Former Southern Miss forward Jonathan Mills was the victim of senseless gun violence in his hometown of Chicago on Monday afternoon. The 26-year-old was killed in the North Lawndale neighborhood where he was raised and rose to prominence on the basketball court, according to police.

Mills played two seasons for Southern Miss from 2011-2013. Despite being listed at only 6'5, Mills was one of the most ferocious rebounders in Conference-USA. The Golden Eagles reached the NCAA Tournament under coach Larry Eustachy in his first season. As a senior, Mills averaged 9.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for the Golden Eagles.

Mills was a high school standout at North Lawndale, where he helped lead his team to a state championship in 2008 and a Chicago Public League championship in 2009. He was also a staple on the Chicago Pro-Am scene in recent years.

The Southern Miss and Chicago basketball communities mourned the loss of Mills as news of his death spread on Monday: