NBA Referee Troy Raymond Kills Himself After Police Found Wife Leslie Anderson Raymond Dead

August 17, 2011

The NBA world is in shock with news of the tragic death of referee Troy Raymond and his wife Leslie Anderson Raymond, but as people are mourning, police investigating their deaths. First they found Mrs. Raymond dead, hours later Troy killed himself, what happened? Find out more about this terrible and mysterious news in the story below.

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The former NBA referee Troy Raymond officiated games for the Southland and Sun Belt conferences after he left the NBA, the reason for that matter was that he allegedly lied on his resume about his role as a player on the University of Colorado’s national championship football team in 1990. Additionally, he allegedly also lied about being a pilot in the Air Force. Due to this he was fired from his job as a referee in the NBA in 2004 just a year after he was hired, he was hoping to be re-hired from his work this season but those dreams were shattered as he was recently informed by a coordinator of officials he wouldn’t be and that wasn’t the last of his bad news his wife recently asked him for the divorce.

46 year-old Troy and his 41 year-old wife Leslie, both from New Orleans and Southern University graduates, lived in their home in Spring, Texas with Leslie’s two children from a previous relationship. On Friday, Leslie Anderson Raymond was found dead at her home in Springs, a suburb in Houston. The cause of her death was asphyxiation due to manual strangulation. Bobby Bissant, his colleague, spoke to CBS Sports and told them Leslie was killed by a childhood friend of Raymond. That same day, hours later, Troy was found dead at a hotel in Jefferson Parish, New Orleans. Police said Troy is not a suspect of Leslie’s murder, nor can they confirm if their deaths are related. Police are still investigating. The former referee was found dead in his hotel room with a single gunshot wound to the head. Police said he committed suicide.

“We’re not prepared to tell you who’s responsible. “But certainly Mr. Raymond is a person of interest — and his death brings about more questions than answers.” Said Tim Holifield of Montgomery County Precinct Three.

We will bring you more updates as this story develops. In the meantime we would like to send our condolences to their families and friends throughout this terrible time.

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