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Star Kennesaw State Basketball Player Shot and Killed

DECATUR, Ga. - He was a star on the basketball court at Kennesaw State University. And now, he's a symbol of bravery and sacrifice.

Shuan Stegall, 25, was shot and killed over the weekend saving his father from two gunmen.

The tragedy has Stegall's family, friends and fans stunned.

Monday evening at the Decatur condo of Stegall's mother, Tamika Stegall, loved ones gathered to comfort each other. Their faces -- expressionless. As if their hearts were numb.

As if it can't be true, what happened to Stegall.

"He was looked upon as a gentle giant," said a childhood friend, Pastor Quincy Carswell, II.

Shuan Stegall, who played basketball at Kennesaw State University from 2004 - 2008, was one of the team's all-time point leaders.

He was visiting his father's home on Mellville Ave. in unincorporated DeKalb County (near Atlanta's East Lake neighborhood, although it is in a neighborhood that has a Decatur mailing address) over the weekend when, police said, two gunmen showed up and started assaulting his father -- Gerald Stegall, 57 -- in some sort of drug-related confrontation.


Police said Gerald Stegall was being pistol-whipped, and Shuan Stegall intervened to save him and was shot multiple times, and died. The two gunmen got away.

Police said that his father does not face any criminal charges.

Stegall's mother, Tamika, and the family pastor, Bishop Quincy Carswell, said Stegall, who had played professionally overseas since 2008, was about to join the Army.

"He was going in the Army to play basketball and to coach," said Bishop Carswell. "Basketball was his life. And I stand here with his mother and with his family, another family hurting. And I just would like to say to Atlanta, the violence must stop.... Tragedy and violence that wreck our communities and our streets have claimed another promising life."

Stegall's aunt, Tisha McCalla, and Pastor Carswell, II -- Bishop Carswell's son who is the same age as Stegall was, 25 -- spoke of Stegall's talent, his promise, at Miller Grove Middle School, at Redan High School, and at KSU.

"People looked up to him," said Pastor Carswell, "not because of his height [6' 7"], but because of his example. Shuan was a positive young man. And people loved him.... Just a positive young man with so much potential."

"When Shuan played at the games," said Tisha McCalla, "you could just feel the excitement in the stands. It was always crowded and the family members were there and, this was an outstanding young man at 25. I just truly believe God brought Shuan on this earth to touch a lot of people's lives.... When you were around and when you weren't around, he always did the right things."

Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 3, at Willie Watkins Funeral Home, 1003 Ralph David Abernathy SW, Atlanta, 30310. Visitation times were not available as of Monday night.

The funeral will be Saturday, Sept. 4, at Noon, at Covenant Ministries Cathedral, 1700 Corey Boulevard, Decatur, Georgia 30032.