A college basketball player was shot and killed in a white Mercedes at a New Jersey wildlife sanctuary over the weekend, authorities said.
Phil Urban, 20 — a 6-foot-6 hoopster who graduated from the elite Pennington School — played for Connecticut’s Post University before his tragic death.
The Manalapan native was shot dead at Hopewell Valley Nature Preserve around 7 p.m. Saturday, the Mercer County Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
Police said they found him “slumped” in the driver’s seat of the luxury car parked in a lane.
He was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.
Urban died of a gunshot wound and his death is being investigated by the Homicide Unit. No arrests were made.
The circumstances of his death remain unclear, but authorities said they believe he was planning to meet with some at Hopewell Park.
Urban recently joined Post’s team on a basketball scholarship, and the school welcomed him in an April tweet.
One of his former teams, the New Jersey Panthers, also wrote about him on Twitter in March“The bouncy 6’6 wing has tons of potential and we can’t wait to see what he does at Post!”
Additionally, an ex-coach tweeted about him at the time: “This boy has dealt with a lot of adversity over the last year and if I told you how he dealt with it you would be proud too!
“Super excited for Philly Man – stayed humble, trusted the process and achieved a goal!”
https://nypost.com/2022/12/18/college-basketball-player-phil-urban-shot-dead-in-mercedes-in-nj-nature-preserve/ College basketball player Phil Urban was shot and killed in a Mercedes at a New Jersey wildlife sanctuary