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Man murdered outside Victorville Home Depot ID’d as well known athlete

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) Family has identified the man killed outside a Victorville Home Depot as 27-year-old Robert Curtis, a known basketball/football player whose played in the U.S., China, and Canada.

On May 26, 2017, at approximately 4:54 p.m., Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department responded to Roy Rogers and Civic Drives after reports of multiple shots fired.

Curtis was found lying on the ground unresponsive suffering from a gunshot(s) wound. He was transported to Victor Valley Global Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 5:34 p.m., according to Sheriff’s officials.

“The shooting suspect was with others and they fled together in a black 4 door vehicle,” police said in a press release Friday.

The entire parking lot was closed off with crime scene tape as the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail conducted an investigation.

Curtis was interviewed by FOX5 San Diego in 2012, where he shared with the station that his father was shot and killed leaving him fatherless at the age of 5, while his mother, Starlea Hall, was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Feeling that life was too short, the Capistrano Valley High School graduate heavily pursued sports with an ultimate goal of playing for the NFL.

Curtis played basketball at Saddleback College where he won a state championship in 2010. One of his many accomplishments was joining the newly-formed National Basketball League of Canada.

He lived in Guangzhou, China where he played for a basketball team where he was well known.

Detectives are currently reviewing surveillance and following leads in hopes of capturing the suspects responsible for the murder of Robert Curtis.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective Scott Stafford or Sergeant Robert Warrick, Homicide Detail (909) 387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com

Family members gathered Saturday afternoon and left candles and flowers where Robert Curtis was shot. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)
Family members gathered Saturday afternoon and left candles and flowers where Robert Curtis was shot. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)
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Gabriel D. Espinoza

Gabe enjoys photography, coffee and his rare visits to the beach. Have a news tip for him? Email Gabe@VVNG.com

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