A 21-year-old woman in Texas was reportedly shot and killed by a friend after she beat him in a basketball game.
The family of 21-year-old Asia Womack told local news outlets that she was shot and killed by a friend at a local park. Womack, a former high school basketball star, was shot and killed by the suspect after she beat him in a pickup basketball game, they said. Dallas police issued an arrest warrant for the suspect earlier this week.
“On October 3, 2022, at approximately 7:40 p.m., Dallas Police were called to a shooting in the 4100 block of Hamilton Avenue,” DPD wrote in a statement on their website. “The preliminary investigation shows when officers arrived they found Asia Womack, 21, on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds. Dallas Fire-Rescue responded and took Womack to an area hospital where she died. The investigation is ongoing.”
DPD Crime Stoppers told local news outlets that they are offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect.
According to Fox 4 Dallas, Womack was playing a game of pickup basketball with the shooter at T.G. Terry Park, near her home in South Dallas. The two had been trash talking during the game, and she reportedly teased him afterward. After the game was over, the shooter took his children and brother home, then drove back to the park, where he shot her five times, the family said. Security cameras at a store near the basketball court reportedly captured the suspect’s vehicle driving away from the scene. The family knows the suspect, but did not make his name public.
“This was supposed to be a friend of Asia’s. She’s eaten with the man,” Womack’s mother, Andrea Womack, told Fox 4. “She’s fed him, and he turned on her and killed her in a vicious way.”
“This is so senseless,” Pastor John Delley of the Faith Tabernacle Church of God In Christ told the outlet. “You become embarrassed basically because a female beat you in basketball.”
“My prayer is that justice be served,” Delley added. “That he is found or that he will give up or turn himself in.”
Womack was a high school basketball star at James Madison High School in Dallas. According to her NCSA recruiting profile, she averaged 15 points per game during her career. She dreamed of one day playing in the WNBA. According to her profile, she graduated in 2020. “Asia loved basketball,” Andrea Womack told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth. “She loved basketball to the point where she died doing what she loved.”
Womack’s family expressed their grief and their desire for justice to news outlets as well. “We’re taking it kind of hard because it was senseless,” Womack’s aunt, Juanita Smith, told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. “I just don’t understand why you kill somebody over a basketball game.”
“I believe in forgiveness, but justice needs to be served,” she added.
“[It’s] hard because it’s my only sister,” Alia Womack said.
Dallas police issued a warrant for the suspect’s arrest, CBS DFW reported Wednesday.
“If you know where he is, where his whereabouts are, please turn him in,” Womack’s mother told Fox 4. “Help the family out. We’re hurting.”