Aaliyah Gayles, USC officer, was shot dead at a Las Vegas house party

Aaliyah Gayles, a highly touted basketball recruit for USC and a McDonald’s All-American, was shot dead at a house party in Las Vegas over the weekend.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that four people were shot dead at the party late Saturday night.

Gayles, 18, reportedly underwent two emergency surgeries. She was not shot in the head or torso.

Gayles, a guard who ranked eighth in ESPN’s class of 2022, averaged 13.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.3 assists during the 2021-22 season.

Aaliyah Gayles in the McDonald's All-American game.
Aaliyah Gayles in the McDonald’s All-American game.
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“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, Las Vegas,” said Gayles’ father, Dwight. tweeted. “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.”

USC coach Lindsay Gottlieb confirmed news of the shooting to ESPN.

“Aaliyah is one of the strongest and most resilient young people I’ve ever known,” Gottlieb said. “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.” Aaliyah Gayles, USC officer, was shot dead at a Las Vegas house party


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