GARY, Ind. – A family is looking for answers after a young basketball coach at Crown Point was shot and killed last month while working as a carpool driver in Gary.
Glynon Nelson, 38, of Crown Point, was found dead around 11:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 23 in the 6600 block of Atcheson Drive in Gary.
The family believe Nelson was killed while working as a carpool driver. He worked as a full-time carpooling driver to allow the flexibility to train and spend time with his children, his wife Chanel Nelson said.
“He started in 2007 and has coached ever since,” said Nelson. “He formed an AAU team and progressed from there. He is based in Crown Point, but the children of Hammond, Merrillville and Gary also play.
Nelson founded the Northwest Indiana AAU basketball program, Victory Elite. After starting with high school players, the program expanded to boys of all ages.
One of his best friends, Torean Ratcliff, watched Nelson develop his program from scratch. He met Nelson in 2008 and the two had a special relationship that went from basketball to more.
“We were best friends, big brother, little brother,” said Torean Ratcliff.
Nelson and Ratcliff are devastated after the shooting and hope for justice. His wife said Nelson was driving his blue 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander with the Indiana “In God We Trust” plate YGK718.
“He was shot twice in the shoulder and they left him for dead,” Nelson said. “His vehicle is still missing.
Police have not released any information on the suspect (s) and are still looking for the vehicle.
Nelson’s viewing is scheduled for Wednesday, October 13 at Healing Through the Word Ministries, located at 8140 S. Western in Chicago.
“Please date or submit information if you know anything,” Nelson said.
No suspect is in custody. Anyone with information can call Gary Police at 219-755-3855. To submit an anonymous tip, call 866-CRIME-GP.
A GoFundMe for the family raised more than $ 5,000.
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