Ashley James, a basketball recruit set to play at Missouri State next year, has died. He was 19 years old.
James was killed in what has been described as an accidental shooting on Monday night. He was at an apartment in Chesapeake, Va. where he was found by police with a gunshot wound. He died while receiving care for the injury.
According to a report by WTKR in Virginia, he and another man were “handling a handgun” at the apartment, when it fired. James was struck by a bullet, which ultimately killed him. Per the report, the attorney’s office has determined that no criminal charges will be filed spurring from the incident.
Ashley James graduated from Green Run High School in 2019. The guard played at Hargrave Military Academy this year, a post-graduate prep season before getting set to play Division I in 2020-21. He was a top 400-ranked recruit and three-star player in the 2020 class, per 247Sports. We’ve seen an outpouring of support for him from those that knew him.
😔 crazy really going to be my teammate next year praying for the James family 🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/9zmgCFjwmt
— Isiaih mosley (@Isiaihletrellm1) March 3, 2020
My heart aches knowing that I’ll never again see the brightest ray of sunshine that was Ashley James. Party on, AJ. I‘ll shine my light a bit brighter every day in your honor, always remembering that “not a bit of you is gone; you're just less orderly. Amen.” 💙💚 pic.twitter.com/BfIJ3xjZG6
— Becca Bissell (@MissBissGRC) March 3, 2020
So many of us are grieving the tragic death of former Green Run basketball star Ashley James, me included. Reporters aren't supposed to cry. But I did. Tears of sadness for a life cut short way too soon. Tears of joy for the memories + excitement you provided all. RIP AJ! 🙏 pic.twitter.com/SiNMO0YFbB
— Matthew Hatfield (@hatfieldsports) March 3, 2020
As a college coach, you’re going to get the better side of HS kids for obvious reasons, but Ashley James from Green Run was one of the more genuine and easy to love kids I’ve met. You can see it by how everyone speaks of him. Gonna miss him, my condolences to his family.
— Leonard Fairley (@CoachLenNSU) March 3, 2020
It's a sad day in the 757 athletic community. Green Run and Princess Anne mourn the loss of Ashley James, and they'll have to pull themselves together for a state championship run in boys and girls basketball starting Friday.https://t.co/7ER5sX0jsO
— recruit757 (@Recruit757) March 3, 2020
It certainly sounds like he made a major impact on those around him at Green Run and elsewhere along the way. This is a tragic story.
Our thoughts go out to the James family and everyone else impacted by this loss.