This week is bound to be a difficult one for Kawhi Leonard and his family. In an alarming turn of events, Kawhi Leonard’s sister has been charged with murder. The former Raptors star’s sibling is one of two women accused of murdering and robbing an elderly woman at a southern California casino.
According to CBC, 84-year-old Afaf Anis Assad was discovered unconscious by authorities in the Pechanga Resort Casino’s bathroom. She was then transferred to a hospital near the casino where she died from her injuries days later.
CNN reported that Kawhi’s sister Kimesha Williams, 35, and another woman Candace Townsel, 39, were arrested and charged with robbery and murder “due to their involvement in Assad’s death.” It was Williams’ aunt that confirmed her relationship to the Clippers star.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department stated that investigators have suspicions that the woman “may have been a victim of assault.” It’s been reported that the victim was attacked with “a great amount of force,” and may have been “pushed, thrown or punched.”
“The suspects were quickly identified through surveillance footage, and the information was immediately provided to local law enforcement,” President of the Pechanga Development Corporation Jared Munoa said according to WGN-TV. “We pride ourselves on putting the safety of our guests and Team Members first and are fully cooperating with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice.”
Leonard rose to new heights in his career this year after he helped lead the Toronto Raptors to their first-ever NBA championship title. Canadians became starstruck by the basketballer during the championship finals.
In regards to the alleged incident with his sister Kimesha, he has yet to comment publicly about her arrest.
The National Post reported that investigators insisted that Williams be held without bail because she “has family that are well off and could post her bail” of $1 million. Williams is currently being held without bail while Townsel’s is set at $1 million.
Kimesha Williams is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 19, 2019.