USC women’s basketball player Aaliyah Gayles shot dead, hospitalized

Aaliyah Gayles, USC women’s basketball player, was shot multiple times at a house party in north Las Vegas over the weekend, the school confirmed.

Gayles, 18, was one of four people shot dead after a fight at the residence, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing police. The four people were hospitalized with surviving gunshot wounds, according to the review journal.

Gayles had two emergency surgeries as of Sunday morning, sources told the newspaper.

Gayles, a point guard who attends Spring Valley High School in Las Vegas, is the eighth recruit in the Class of 2022 according to ESPN HoopGurlz rankings and recently played at the McDonald’s All American Game and Jordan Brand Classic.

“I know there are some who will say it’s my fault and I take full responsibility for it, but please pray for my little girl in Las Vegas,” said Gayles’ father, Dwight. tweeted Sunday night. “I’ll give an update to everyone who supports Aaliyah but she’s fine, she’s doing it as usual, thank you all true warrior.”

Gayles had retired from USC following the retirement of former coach Mark Trakh before rejoining the Trojans under new coach Lindsay Gottlieb in August.

“Aaliyah is one of the strongest and most resilient young people I’ve ever known,” Gottlieb said in a statement to ESPN Sunday night. “I have no doubt that she will continue to face this unfathomable situation with courage and determination. We will continue to support her and her parents in any way we can.” USC women’s basketball player Aaliyah Gayles shot dead, hospitalized

Joel McCord

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