A tragedy with women’s basketball ramifications
On November 21, Kennesaw State junior point guard Kamiyah Street was arrested for her involvement in the July 16 death of Nashiem Hubbard-Etienne, a 21-year-old Georgia State student. She has been indefinitely suspended from the women’s basketball team and her name has been removed from the roster on the KSU website.
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According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Street faces eight charges: one count of murder, three counts of felony murder, one count of criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. She was charged along with four men, all between the ages of 20 and 22, in connection with the crime.
The alleged crime took place in the parking deck of an apartment complex in Atlanta, and police believe that it was a targeted shooting, according to the AJC. Street was arrested based on video surveillance footage that allegedly showed her at the apartment complex on the night Hubbard-Etienne was killed. The Associated Press reported that “when [Street] was questioned she admitted her presence and participation in the death” and that prosecutors may consider some form of immunity for Street in exchange for her testimony.
On November 25, The Ball Out published an interview with Hubbard-Etienne’s mother, Maiyanne Hubbard-Armster, in which she discussed the alleged motive for the killing and Street’s arrest. Hubbard-Armster claims that Street and her co-defendants went to the apartment complex to collect some money she was owed from a game of dice, and Hubbard-Etienne happened to be with the man who allegedly owed Street money. The pair surprised Street and her co-defendants and shots were fired. Despite the fact that Hubbard-Etienne had nothing to do with the dispute, Hubbard-Armster said, Street “had no remorse.”
The charges against Street and her co-defendants were filed on October 22, but until Street’s arrest a month later, she was still a member of the KSU basketball team. In four games this season, Street averaged 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game. On November 17, she recorded 32 points and 5 steals against Georgia Southern in what would be her final game. Hubbard-Armster said she was “infuriated” that it had taken a full month to arrest Street, adding, “That boy was my world … How is she able to live life like nothing happened?”
Street, a former Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year, is scheduled to be arraigned on December 13. According to the Associated Press, the indictment does not specify which of the defendants shot Hubbard-Etienne, but “all five defendants are charged with murder and felony murder, both of which carry an automatic sentence of life in prison.”
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