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Former U.S. Grant basketball standout gunned down in apparent burglary gone wrong in Oklahoma City

Anthony Hartfield Jr., 20, was shot to death about 3:20 a.m. Monday in Oklahoma City. He was a basketball standout at U.S. Grant, where he graduated in May.
by Scott Wright Modified: January 14, 2013 at 7:36 pm •  Published: January 14, 2013

A former basketball standout at U.S. Grant High School was gunned down Monday morning during a botched robbery in Oklahoma City, police said.

Anthony Hartfield Jr., 20, was shot and killed about 3:20 a.m. at 1215 NE 46, police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said. Someone initially called 911 to report a burglary at the house. When officers arrived, they found Hartfield dead.

Knight said investigators think someone kicked in the front door, shot Hartfield and then ran away. Police do not have any suspects in the case.

Hartfield graduated from U.S. Grant in May. He was a Big All-City and All-State honorable mention selection by The Oklahoman for his junior and senior seasons, when he averaged 22 points per game.

Robert Barger, Hartfield's coach at U.S. Grant, said Hartfield moved to live with his father in Oklahoma two years ago after living with his mother in Minnesota.

“Anthony was a great kid, always very happy,” Barger said. “He wanted to be a nurse because he wanted to help people. He was just fun to be around.”

Hartfield attended Connors State College in Warner for the fall semester, where he was a member of the basketball team.

Barger said Hartfield quit the team at Connors State last week and decided not to return to school for the spring because he needed to get a job.

Police said Hartfield had no criminal history, and they don't know of any potential motive in the case other than a burglary gone bad.

Barger said the school is planning a memorial to Hartfield at an upcoming game.

“We're going to dedicate our game against John Marshall on Feb. 1 to him,” Barger said. “It's our homecoming game, and we're going to do something special for him then.”

Anyone with information on Hartfield's shooting can call the Oklahoma City police homicide tip line at 297-1200.

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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