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Top NFL Draft Prospect Shot in Duarte

April 21, 2003|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Dennis Weathersby, a former standout cornerback at Oregon State University and top prospect in the upcoming National Football League draft, was shot in the back Sunday afternoon in an apparent gang-related shooting, officials said.

Weathersby, 22, was shot at 5:24 p.m. as he stepped into his car at Meridian Drive and Citrus View Avenue in Duarte, said Sgt. Leonard Williams, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Weathersby was taken to a hospital, but his condition was not immediately known, Williams said.

He was a semifinalist last season for the Jim Thorpe Award given to the nation's best collegiate defensive back. Weathersby attended OSU after playing football at Duarte High School.

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