AceShowbiz - Michael Jordan's parents James R. Jordan, Sr. and Deloris Peoples moved from Brooklyn to North Carolina to protect their family because crime began to increase in Brooklyn in the 1960s, but even that didn't guarantee James' safety. He was shot in car theft in 1993 when returning home from a funeral. He pulled over on the highway to take a nap when the perpetrators took notice of his brand new Lexus SC400 and shot him to death in order to take his vehicle. James' body was found over two weeks later in a swamp in McColl, South Carolina. The two men were later charged and convicted for the murder.
In a 2020 documentary, the former NBA star opened up about his father's great role in making him move away from his troubled past. Michael said that his father was "the voice of reason that always drove and challenged me." He added, "One of the things that he always taught me is that you have to take a negative and turn it into a positive. So I started looking to the other side of it, and that helped me get through it."