$20,000 reward offered for info in Porter's death

Updated: May 31, 2007, 5:26 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A reward of $20,000 is being offered for information in the beating death of former Villanova basketball star Howard Porter.

The reward was announced by the St. Paul and Minneapolis police departments, which are both investigating Porter's death. It is being offered by Villanova, the NBA, the NBA Players Association and the National Basketball Retired Players Association.

Porter was a retired NBA player who was working as a probation officer for Ramsey County. He was found severely beaten in a north Minneapolis alley on May 19 and died a week later at a Twin Cities hospital.

Police said Porter was last seen about 9 p.m. on May 18 at his St. Paul home.

Tim Frank, vice president of basketball communications for the NBA, said the idea for the reward began with the retired players' group. The two other associations joined in.

"The Legends of Basketball family suffered a devastating blow in the untimely passing of our brother and our friend Howard Porter," Len Elmore, president of the retired players association, said in a statement Thursday. "Beyond his on-the-court successes and his triumph over personal issues, Howard was a model for us all in the way he approached life and people."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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