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Jermaine Wilson, local basketball star, was homicide victim July 9, 1980 -- Sept. 6, 2009

Jermaine Wilson, a former South Park High School basketball player who played professionally in Italy, died early Sunday on Weber Street. He was the victim of a homicide. He was 29.

Mr. Wilson was born in Buffalo. He graduated from South Park High School and Georgia Southern University and played basketball for both schools.

Throughout his youth and into his adulthood, Mr. Wilson shared his love of basketball and his community with local youngsters. He volunteered with the Police Athletic League and at numerous community centers throughout Buffalo.

He participated in numerous camps and workouts with NBA teams, from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

He recently played pro basketball in Italy and was getting ready to head back to Europe when he was killed.

Mr. Wilson was found shot in the head at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Family members said he was by a car, talking to a woman, when someone opened fire on him.

Lovejoy Council Member David Fontana is offering $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Wilson's killer.

Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, the former Yolanda Kerr; three sons, Jermaine Jr., Jeremiah and Dakari; a daughter, Mykalah; his parents, Woodlora Wilson and Johnny Fields; a brother, Terrance Warren; and three sisters, Tameka Fields, Sharice Fields and Sharita Fields.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 179 E. Ferry Street, with a wake at 10 a.m.


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