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Arson Suspected At Bar Where Brother Of Ex-Knick Zach Randolph Fatally Shot

June 18, 2018 - 11:03 am

By Associated Press

MARION, Ind. (AP) — Investigators have determined a fire likely was intentionally set at an Indiana bar, one day after the brother of NBA star Zach Randolph was fatally shot there.

The fire happened at Hop's Blues Room in Marion early Sunday — less than 24 hours after 35-year-old Roger Randolph was found dead. Firefighters extinguished the blaze that caused an estimated $20,000 in damage. Marion Fire Department Investigator Brandon Eckstein says the cause of the fire was arson.

Early Saturday, Roger Randolph died shortly after he was found shot in the parking lot of the business. Police say no arrests have been made.

Authorities didn't immediately say whether they believe Randolph's death and the fire are related.

Zach Randolph was a star player in Marion, and continued his basketball career at Michigan State University. After his freshman year, he was selected in the first round of the 2001 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. Randolph played in Portland for six seasons until he was traded in 2006 to the New York Knicks, where he played until November 2008 to the Clippers. In his little more than one season in New York, Randolph averaged 19 points per game but the team went 55-109.

After the Clippers, Randolph's career continued in Memphis for eight seasons.

In July 2017, Randolph signed with the Sacramento Kings. In his first season with the team, he averaged 14.5 points per game.

WFAN contributed to this report.

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