Kendric Price, 32, shot to death in the garage of a Dorchester home early Saturday, could have left Dorchester after a childhood that included having to mourn his neighbor, Steven Odom, shot to death at 13 by a gang member who mistook him for a rival.
Price, went to Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a private school in Cambridge, where he won several awards as a basketball player. He won an athletic scholarship to the University of Michigan and played a year on its basketball team before being sidelined by an injury. He played jazz piano and was a choir singer.
But Price returned to Dorchester. He got a job with an investment firm. In 2012, with the help of a Boston police officer, he started a non-profit, called the Big Business Network, that offered a Saturday-morning program to teach kids from Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain and Cambridge about both basketball and financial services. He started a Web site to highlight the good things that local kids were doing.
This year, he became an assistant men's basketball coach at UMass Boston. He also coached basketball at the Brooke Charter School.
Shortly before 3 a.m. on Saturday, police responded to a report of a man shot at 12 Greenwood St. in Dorchester. Officers found Price in the garage there. He was declared dead at the scene. The investigation continues.