Two women, including the sister of NBA star Kawhi Leonard, have been accused of killing an 84-year-old woman at a California casino.
Cops say Afaf Anis Assad was assaulted at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula on Aug. 31. The Long Beach resident died from her injuries four days later.
Kimesha Williams, 35, and 39-year-old Candace Townsel have been charged with murder and robbery, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office. Williams is the sister of Leonard, according to the Press-Enterprise newspaper.
Assad had been found unconscious in a bathroom at the casino.
“She didn’t even get a chance to play,” son-in-law Wayne Brown told CBS in Los Angeles. “I mean she had some money in her wallet because she was ready to play that day, and I don’t know if they targeted her because she just walked through the door and they knew she had money in her wallet.”
The casino said in a statement to CBS that “we are absolutely saddened over this incident and are praying for the victim and her family. The suspects were quickly identified through surveillance footage and the information was immediately provided to law enforcement.”
The two women are accused of stealing Assad’s purse, which may have included $1,200, according to the Press-Enterprise.
Williams’ aunt Denise Woodard confirmed to the Press-Enterprise that Williams and Leonard are siblings.
“He didn’t have anything to do with this,” Woodard told the newspaper.
Leonard led the Toronto Raptors to the NBA title earlier this year before signing as a free agent with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Williams has a history of convictions, including for petty theft, grand theft and misappropriating lost property, according to the Press-Enterprise.
You know what they say — you don’t get to choose your relatives, but you DO get to choose your family.