Police asked the public for help Friday in solving the killing of a former standout University of Maine basketball player who was found shot outside his suburban Chicago home this week.
Nate J. Fox, an Illinois native who starred on several pro teams in Europe after his college career, was found with at least two gunshot wounds in a driveway outside his townhome Monday night in Bloomingdale, northwest of Chicago. The 37-year-old was pronounced dead at an area hospital, Police Chief Frank Giammarese said.
Investigators are scouring for leads. They say the 6-foot-9 Fox was shot after returning to his upper-middleclass neighborhood, in the 200 block of Tamarack Lane, in his Jaguar XJ from his car-salesman job.
"Did something happened that day or was it a longer term thing? That's what we're trying to decide," Giammarese said. "We are asking people to call us, even if they have some information that might seem small — a communication on social media, an email or whatever."
Someone lived in the same Tamarack Drive residence, but Giammarese wouldn't describe the person's relationship to Fox. Police interviewed that individual and others, but no one has been singled out as a suspect, he said.
Fox, who graduated from Plainfield High School, scored 1,036 points in two seasons with Maine after transferring from Boston College, averaging 17.9 points and being selected for the first-team All-America East his senior year. Fox later played professionally in Europe, including in Germany, Estonia and France.
The police chief said he spoke to Fox's parents on Christmas Day,
"Anytime you lose a loved one, it is a terrible situation," he said. "Obviously they want to know what happened. But the main thing is they lost their son and they are grieving. It's a sad day."
Fox's funeral is scheduled for Monday at a funeral home in Joliet.
Anyone with information is asked to call Bloomingdale police at (630) 529-9868.