House fire in Mary­land kills bas­ket­ball player Omogbo’s par­ents, 2-year-old twins.

Em­manuel Omogbo’s nephew and niece also per­ish in blaze.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Sean Star

fort collins» Mem­bers of the Colorado State bas­ket­ball pro­gram re­fer to each other as fam­ily, and Tues­day that fam­ily suf­fered a ter­ri­ble tragedy.

The par­ents of se­nior for­ward Em­manuel Omogbo and two young fam­ily mem­bers died early Tues­day morn­ing in a house fire in Chillum, Md., just out­side Wash­ing­ton D.C., fire of­fi­cials con­firmed in a story by The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The vic­tims were Omogbo’s father, Samson, 63; his mother, Caro­line, 55; and the 2-year-old twins of Omogbo’s sis­ter.

El­iz­a­beth Omije, Omogbo’s sis­ter and the mother of Is­rael and Anna, sur­vived af­ter jump­ing out a two-story win­dow, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Colorado State coach Larry Eus­tachy re­leased the fol­low­ing state­ment on be­half of the team: “This is ab­so­lutely heart­break­ing for Em­manuel, his fam­ily and for all of us that know him. There are no words to de­scribe how it felt to hear this ter­ri­ble news ear­lier to­day. They were a beau­ti­ful fam­ily that I en­joyed get­ting to know. The en­tire Colorado State men’s bas­ket­ball team, ath­letic pro­gram and univer­sity will be there to sup­port and help Em­manuel in any way we can through this in­cred­i­bly tough time in his life.”

Omogbo, in his first sea­son at CSU af­ter trans­fer­ring from South Plains Col­lege in Texas, plans to play in Wed­nes­day’s game at Air Force.

“As tragic as it gets,” se­nior guard Joe De Ci­man said, “I heard the news this morn­ing, and you’re just kind of in shock. You’ve just got to send prayers to him. He’s a re­ally tough guy. That’s what you get when you come to this pro­gram. We’re fam­ily. We’re all play­ing for him and his fam­ily the rest of this sea­son.”

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