|Shootings claim relatives of Kansas teammates Stewart and Jackson|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 23 February 2008 10:51|
Allen Stewart, Stewart's cousin and adopted brother, was shot and killed Wednesday in Seattle, The Kansas City Star reported on its Web site Saturday.
Kascey Corie McClellan, Jackson's 19-year-old cousin, also died Wednesday after being shot a week ago at an Oklahoma City nightclub.
Authorities said Allen Stewart, 21, was sitting at a stoplight when a man in another vehicle pulled up and shot him. Rodrick Stewart's family adopted Allen in the sixth grade as his mother was in prison and his father was absent. He and Rodrick graduated high school at the same time.
Bull Stewart, Rodrick's father, said the incident has been tough for his son, who traveled to Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday for the fourth-ranked Jayhawks game against Oklahoma State.
``He wanted to come (home) immediately, but I told him there was nothing he could do here right now,'' Bull Stewart said, adding that his son planned to fly home after the game and would miss Kansas' game with Iowa State on Wednesday.
Jackson has had to deal with several misfortunes recently. He lost his grandmother, Evon, in a car accident in 2005, and his uncle was beaten to death with a hammer. McClellan is the second of Jackson's cousins to die in a shooting.
``He's keeping it together,'' said Jackson's mother, Shawn. ``The family is trying to be really positive for him.''
The family is trying to plan McClellan's funeral around Jackson's basketball obligations and about 30 friends and family members planned to attend Saturday's game in support.