By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers are mourning the loss one of its own. Junior basketball player Wayde Sims passed away early Friday, September 28th, 2018 morning.
The 20-year-old was shot at a Subway restaurant a block away from the Southern University’s football stadium at approx. 1:25 am EST Friday, according to The Advocate. After 911 was called, Sims was transported to a local hospital in Baton Rouge, La., and later died from his gunshot wound.
“We are all devastated,” Tigers head coach Will Wade said. “We need your prayers for Wayde, for his family, for all of us. We are heartbroken.”
It is not clear what he was doing before the shooting. And we are not going to speculate either.
School officials have made counselors and support staff available immediately for his teammates and friends at LSU.
“Wayde Sims’ loss is simply unbelievable to us right now,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said. “There are no words that can express our sorrow for his parents and family. He was such a lovable young man, who was full of joy. We are circling around his teammates and friends, who need all the love and support we can give them. We are praying for his family, for his parents. God bless Wayde Sims.”
Sims, who also attended the Louisiana State University Laboratory School before LSU, appeared in 32 games last season with 10 starts. He averaged 5.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game.
This news comes as the basketball team is close to getting ready for the new season. They officially start the new basketball season on November 6th against Southeast Louisiana Lions at 8:30 pm EST.
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