Former Western Kentucky basketball player killed in Georgia, police sayBilly Kobin, Louisville Courier JournalPublished 1:36 p.m. ET March 21, 2019 | Updated 5:04 p.m. ET March 21, 2019
In this December 2010 photo, Cliff Dixon, No. 5, is seen during a Louisville-Western Kentucky game in Bowling Green. The former WKU player was killed in March 2019 in Georgia. (Photo: Joe Imel, AP)
A former Western Kentucky University basketball player was fatally shot outside a nightclub near Atlanta on Thursday morning, according to police.
Cliff Dixon, 32, was shot multiple times around 1:15 a.m. Thursday in a parking lot outside of the SL Lounge on Buford Highway, according to a news release from the Chamblee Police Department.
Chamblee is about 15 miles northeast of Atlanta.
Dixon had just arrived when he was shot, police said. First responders administered aid, and Dixon was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Dixon was celebrating his 32nd birthday, according to WNKY 40. He had posted about his birthday celebration on Instagram Wednesday.
The suspect fled the scene and Chamblee Police investigators are “actively working the case and following up on all available leads,” according to the release.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Chamblee Police Department at 770-986-5005 and ask to speak with Lt. Chris Newberry or contact Atlanta Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.
The Durant family extends our deepest condolences & prayers to Cliff’s mother, siblings, family & friends. Our family was an extension of his & we shared wonderful memories. His transition is an incredible loss for all of us who loved him, he will be missed dearly #CliffDixon RIP
Dixon, a Maryland native, transferred from a junior college to WKU with high expectations before the 2009-10 season. He was dismissed from the program midway through the 2010-11 season after a violation of team rules.
NBA superstar and Golden State Warriors player Kevin Durant referred to Dixon as his “adopted brother,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.