Twenty-year-old LSU basketball player Wayde Sims was shot and killed near the campus of another school in Baton Rouge on Friday morning, media outlets reports.
Sgt. L’Jean McKneely, a spokesman for the police department, said Sims was gunned down at 12:25 a.m. following an altercation near a Subway restaurant that was one block away from Southern’s A.W. Mumford Stadium. The LSU forward was taken to the hospital where he later died.
No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting but the police will continue to investigate.
Will Wade, head coach of LSU basketball team, and Joe Alleva, the athletics director, addressed the media about Sims’ death.
“It’s a call you never want to get as a head coach,” Wade said. They revealed that he spent most of the morning with Sims’ parents Wayne and Fay before breaking the news of his death to the team during the 6:30 a.m. practice.
He added, “[Sims] was an unbelievable person and was continuing to grow and was doing a great job building a bridge with our team, and that’s what makes it so tough for all of us.”
— LSU Basketball (@LSUBasketball) September 28, 2018
Sims’ fellow teammate Aaron Epps took to Twitter to remember his fallen friend. “Lil bro was such a caring individual man I’m hurt,” he wrote under a photo of the junior on the basketball court.
— Aaron Epps (@AaronEpps21) September 28, 2018
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