via Washington Post:
It was over a month ago when the tragic news rushed the web that the Goodman League legend Jamar Board aka Silent Assassin had died. At that time the exact details of the cause of death was unknown. Until recently the Washington Post stated that Police reports say the Boards death was ruled as suicide – no witnesses or a note.
Here is more from the Washington Post:
He died at approximately 2 a.m. on Dec. 29, when a single bullet pierced his temple in a bedroom along the 2100 block of Roslyn Avenue in District Heights. Police ruled it a suicide. There were no witnesses and there was no note.
Few outside the D.C. basketball fraternity have heard of Jamar Board, but in many ways, everyone knows him well. He’s every child who fantasized about basketball stardom; who taped posters of Michael Jordan dunking over Patrick Ewing onto their basement walls; who counted down from three to two to one-point-five to one, until the game-winner swished and the buzzer blared; who danced alone around the driveway or playground or local gym, high-fiving the heavens as the imaginary crowd chanted “M-V-P. M-V-P.”
Most of those kids grow up and find real jobs, because for how many can basketball truly become a career? One in a thousand? One in a million?
Board was a Dream Chaser, his obituary said. While his childhood peers found wealth and fame playing professionally,he kept waiting, torching local summer leagues and running open gyms, hustling money through games of one-on-one, wondering whether the game he loved would ever love him back.