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DePaul assistant coach returns from European trip to find home ‘cleaned out’

Updated: August 24, 2011 4:59PM

After spending 11 days in Europe with the DePaul basketball team on a “goodwill” tour, assistant coach Billy Garrett returned to find that his home on the near South Side had been burglarized.

“They took everything,” Garrett said. “They cleaned us out. Things that can’t be replaced, this really took some time.”

Garrett, his wife, Annissa and son Billy Jr., who accompanied him on the Demons’ 4-0 trip, were all devastated.

An emotional Garrett was extremely distraught when talking about some of the items that were taken.

“My father [William] was the first black that played basketball in the Big 10’” he said. “They took that jersey and his Globetrotter jersey. They also took my son’s city championship ring and oxygen tank.”

Garrett Jr. suffers from a rare form of sickle cell disease.

Garrett Jr. was quite upset about the item he treasured the most: “My grandfather was ‘Mr. Basketball’ in Indiana in 1947. I had his high school jersey framed in my room. They can have everything, but just give us back the things that don’t mean anything to anybody but us and I’ll be happy.”

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