The pain of having a family member pass away cuts incredibly deep. But what about losing two siblings before your 29th birthday? That’s the harsh reality New York Knicks forward Reggie Bullock lives with. Having already lost one sister to a tragic murder in 2014, the NBA veteran suffered another devastating loss last year when his younger sister also got killed.
Reggie Bullock’s NBA career
Reggie Bullock went 25th overall in the 2013 NBA draft. Originally selected by the Los Angeles Clippers, the 6-foot-6 small forward played just 68 games in LA. A brief stop in Phoenix later, Bullock finally found a home with the Detroit Pistons.
After playing limited minutes in his first two years in Detroit, the former University of North Carolina standout became a starter. In 2017-18, Bullock averaged 11.3 points on 48.9% shooting. In particular, his 3-point shooting stroke played a pivotal role in his breakout campaign. He shot 44.5% from downtown and nearly 80% from the free-throw line.
However, the Pistons traded Bullock to the LA Lakers in February 2019. He started 16 games but never achieved the same level of success as he did in Detroit. Last summer, he inked a deal with the Knicks.
But as he embarked on a new chapter of his NBA career, Reggie Bullock would soon re-open a chapter he thought he closed five years ago.
The murder of Mia Henderson
Reggie Bullock had barely gotten his feet wet in the NBA when he experienced tragedy off the court. On July 16, 2014, CBS Baltimore reported that a transgender woman had been found murdered in Baltimore City. Police found the body of 26-year-old Mia Henderson, who had been stabbed in the back, arms, and chest.
The case proved particularly important because Henderson, whose legal name was Kevin Long, represented the second transgender woman to be murdered that summer. She also happened to be Bullock’s eldest sibling, which put further attention on the murder.
In 2015, police charged Shawn Oliver with first-degree murder. They claimed that DNA found under Henderson’s fingerprints matched Oliver’s. However, on January 12, 2017, the Baltimore Sun reported a jury acquitted Oliver on all counts.
Following his sister’s murder, Reggie Bullock used his platform as a professional athlete to advocate for the LGBTQ community. He provided a powerful statement about his sister in a 2016 appearance on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.”
“He lived as himself, he taught me how to be (myself). He taught me how to take care of the family,” Bullock said. “He was happy with being who he was. He wasn’t worried about how others felt about him. A person that can isolate the whole world out and not care about other people’s feelings is a strong person, to me. That was one of the biggest things that I got from him.”
Bullock lost another sister to a tragic death in 2019
For Reggie Bullock, trying to move past the pain of his sister’s murder represented a monumental challenge. However, the wounds had barely begun to heal when tragedy struck again.
On Oct. 31, 2019, the Knicks forward revealed that his sister, Keiosha Moore, also died. According to ESPN, Moore sustained a fatal bullet wound to the chest during an incident in which eight other people also got shot. The shooting took place in Baltimore just days earlier and claimed the lives of two other victims.
After Moore had been shot, a civilian transported her to Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. Bullock’s 22-year-old sister died at the hospital.
Bullock expressed his sorrow on Instagram with a heartfelt caption:
“I never felt so BROKEN in my life! My 2 queens, my 2 that go super HARD FOR ME!”
He also added, “I failed as a brother to protect you from the harm of these streets. I FAILED TWICE.”
To this day, both murders remain unsolved.