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Last Updated: Monday, 15 September, 2003, 06:10 GMT 07:10 UK
Tennis stars' sister shot dead
Yetunde Price (left) and sister Serena Williams
Yetunde (left) regularly accompanied Venus and Serena (right)
The oldest sister of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams has been shot dead in Los Angeles.

Yetunde Price, 31, died in hospital following a confrontation at a house in the southern suburb of Compton, an area where the Williams family used to live and a district notorious for poverty and violence.

"We are extremely shocked, saddened and devastated by the shooting death of our beloved Yetunde," the Williams family said in a statement.

"Yetunde was a loving mother, daughter, sister and friend. Our grief is overwhelming, and this is the saddest day of our lives.

"She was personal assistant, confidant, and adviser to her sisters, and her death leaves a void that can never be filled."

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD), Price was riding in a white sports utility vehicle with an unidentified man when they became embroiled in a row with local residents.

Venus and Serena after Wimbledon final 2003
Both sisters have both been ranked number one in the world
"Detectives were on patrol when they heard multiple gunshots," said an LASD spokeswoman.

"They went to the scene and discovered that a man and a woman had been involved in an incident with local residents.

"This led to gunfire and the victim died of upper torso injuries just after midnight."

Price's companion was uninjured and is helping police with their investigation. No-one has yet been arrested.

Price, who was divorced with three children and owned a beauty salon, was the eldest of five sisters.

She regularly accompanied Venus, 23, and Serena, 21 around the world and was often seen at grand slam tournaments.

All five girls are the daughters of Oracene Williams, who was married to the late Yusef A.K. Rasheed. She later married Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena.

Venus and Serena have both been ranked world number one in the world and have won 10 grand slam titles between them.




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