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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

September 16, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A 25 year old former Albany State University basketball player was shot to death in his own home Monday night. 

Ricardo McPherson was on the phone when someone came in the back door of his Gillionville Road apartment and shot him. The person he was talking to on the phone called 911 to report what they thought was a break in. 

Ricardo McPherson's mother Emily cried as she and her husband prepared to talk with reporters about their son's murder.

His father, also named Ricardo,  said, "I don't think Ricky deserved this.   But I guess they say things happen for a reason.  And we'll never find out until this case is solved."

McPherson was talking with someone on that phone when a person entered the back door, and shot him, about 10:20.  His cell phone was open, next to his body. There was a bullet wound to his chest. 

That person called 911 to report what they thought was a burglary. Investigators refused to give any more information about the caller.

Albany Police spokeswoman Phyllis Banks said, "We're not going to release that at this time.  This case is still in the early stages.  We're not going to release this at this time."

Tuesday morning police investigators returned to the apartment, using a metal detector to search around the yard. 

McPherson played basketball at Albany State, graduated in computer science in 2006, and was working for a call center.  His parents say they have no idea why anyone would murder him, and are asking for the community's help finding the killer.

McPherson said "I greatly appreciate your cooperation trying to solve this case.  Ricky deserved better than this."

If you have any information, call CRIME STOPPERS at 229-436-TIPS. 

 Police say they have no suspects at this time, but they do not believe McPherson surprised a burglar breaking into his home.

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