Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting just after 1 a.m. Eastern Time Monday, where they found Payne, 31, shot dead.
The shooter, who was later identified by police as Lawrence Dority, remained at the scene and was transported to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office headquarters where he was questioned by homicide detectives.
Dority was arrested on a first-degree murder warrant and transported to the Orange County Jail, the statement said. It is not known if he has an attorney on file at this time, and the motive for the shooting is not known.
Payne made his mark playing four seasons at center for the Michigan State Spartans, where his team twice won the Big Ten Conference Championship.
He was drafted in the first round of the 2014 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks and played four seasons in the NBA with the Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic.
He went on to play internationally, including in China, Greece, France, Turkey and Lithuania, according to a press release from the Michigan State men’s basketball program.
“Adreian was loved by his teammates and coaches, who respected his development as a player and a person. He came to Michigan State with a ton of raw talent and put in the work to achieve his goal of becoming a NBA player.
Izzo added that Spartans fans will remember Payne for his “good heart” and his friendship with Lacey Holsworth, an eight-year-old girl who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2012 before her death in 2014.
“Today is a tough and sad day for the Spartan basketball family. After graduating, Adreian has returned to East Lansing on a regular basis,” Izzo added.
“In doing so, he developed and strengthened relationships with players from all eras. I heard from many of these players today, each experiencing grief and each with their own unique memory of Adreian,” he said. he declares.