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Former NBA referee ‘shot himself’ dead just days after wife found strangled

A former NBA referee shot and killed himself on the same day his wife was found strangled at their Houston area home, according to police.

Police found Troy Raymond in a suburban New Orleans hotel room with a gun shot wound to the head.

According to investigators, Raymond was a ‘person of interest’ in the death of his wife, Leslie Anderson Raymond, whose body was discovered last Thursday at their home in Spring.

Raymond was fired from his NBA job in 2004 after executives discovered he had told them a series of lies about his past.

According to the New York Daily News, the rookie referee told NBA chiefs he had been in the Airforce and had written on his resume that he played football for the University of Colorado national championship team in 1990.

Both stories turned out to be false.

Speaking to the paper, two current referees – who wanted to remain anonymous – did not have fond memories of Raymond.

One of them said: ‘He was a first-year guy who was here for a cup of coffee, and when he left the cup was still warm.

He added: ‘You hear the expression, ‘here today, gone tomorrow.’

‘Well, he was gone right away.

‘There were rumors about his dishonesty all over the place. That story about the Air Force had a lot of holes in it.’

Tim Holifield, a Montgomery County constable, said that Raymond hasn’t been named a suspect in his wife’s killing and it’s premature to connect their deaths.

Raymond was a NBA referee during the 2003-04 season and has refereed college games.

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