According to the Dallas Observer Nick Van Exel has confessed to murder.
“The day after Christmas, Bradley Eyo was found shot to death on Barnes Bridge Road near Lake Ray Hubbard. But Dallas homicide detective and Garland police discovered during their investigation that Eyo, whose friends have made him this tribute, had been killed elsewhere and dumped near the lake. In advance of a 3 p.m. press conference at DPD HQ today, police this afternoon released the name of the man arrested in the young Nigerian man’s death: 20-year-old Nickey Maxwell Van Exel, who is indeed the son of the former Dallas Maverick, and current Atlanta Hawks player development instructor, Nick Van Exel. Nickey was arrested last night and sits in the Lew Sterrett Justice Center on a $1-million bond, charged with capital murder; curiously, someone has written on Van Exel’s Wikipedia page that Nickey and Bradley were best friends.
Update at 2:40 p.m.: Reports have been surfacing that Van Exel confessed. I asked a DPD spokesman if this is correct. The response: “He gave us a statement of his version of events. Departmental policy prohibits me from outlining what he said or the evidence we have but we are comfortable we have the right person.” …”
Sad news and our heart goes out to Nick and his family