Nate Fox, a former University of Maine basketball standout who played professionally in Europe for a dozen years, has died after being shot Monday night in his driveway in Bloomingdale, Illinois – about 30 miles west of Chicago.
No suspect has been charged, and police are asking for the public’s help investigating the slaying. Police received a 911 call and were sent to the 200 block of Tamarack Lane in Bloomingdale about 9:35 p.m. Monday and found Fox shot, according to a police news release. He was taken to Adventist Glen Oaks Medical Center in Glendale Heights, Illinois, where he later was pronounced dead.
The DuPage County coroner’s office had not yet issued a news release regarding the death by Thursday.
Fox, a 6-foot-9 forward, began his college basketball career at Boston College before transferring to Maine. He played at Maine for two seasons from 1998 to 2000, averaging 17.9 points and 7.8 rebounds as the Black Bears compiled a record of 43-16. After college, he played in Europe from 2000 to 2012.
Before he was shot, police report Fox was driving a maroon 2013 Jaguar XJ with an Illinois license plate. Bloomingdale Police Chief Frank Giammarese said investigators learned he’d been shot to death as he was on his way home from work.
Thursday, police were still trying to find out “what transpired,” and what the motive was for Fox’s murder, Giammarese said.
A female lived with Fox, said Giammarese, adding that Fox’s Jaguar was found at the scene.
Authorities released a photo of a similar “unique” looking car, because “we’re trying to find out if anything transpired … we thought if someone saw something we want them to call,” Giammarese said.
The chief declined to say if the Jaguar was damaged, or if Fox was robbed, or if shell casings were found.
“We did find evidence at the scene, which is being evaluated,” Giammarese said. “We’re not sure if this was a random act or if something led to this or if he was targeted. We’re trying to find the person or persons who did this.
“I do not think people are randomly out there shooting people.”
The chief said he’s met with Fox’s family and loved ones who were going through a “horrible,” and “heart wrenching” time after losing him, especially during the holidays.
Police had never been called to the home for prior incidents, and Giammarese said no one is in custody, though a “ton of people” have been interviewed.
“Everyone right now is a person of interest,” Giammarese said.