Ex-Maine basketball standout killed outside Chicago


BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. (AP) — Police in suburban Chicago are asking for the public’s help as they try to solve the shooting death of a former University of Maine basketball player.

Bloomingdale Police Chief Frank Giammarese says 37-year-old Nate Fox was found shot outside a town house on Monday night. Police say he was struck by gunfire at least twice. He died at a Glendale Heights hospital. Fox was a graduate of Plainfield High School.

Police say Fox was driving a maroon Jaguar XJ when he left work and arrived at the home.

Fox’s death is the first homicide in Bloomingdale since 2010. Giammarese says police are “working tirelessly” to find who shot Fox. His funeral is scheduled for Monday at a funeral home in Joliet.

The 6-foot-9 Fox went to Boston College on a basketball scholarship before transferring to the University of Maine along with Rumford’s Andy Bedard after their sophomore season at BC.

Fox averaged 17.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game as he led the Black Bears to a 43-16 record in his two seasons in Orono. He finished 19th on UMaine’s career scoring list with 1,052 points and was a two-time All-America East selection.

After graduation, Fox played professional basketball in Europe for several years.

Bloomingdale is about 25 miles northwest of downtown Chicago.