LSU Basketball's Wayde Sims Killed In Overnight Shooting

Baton Rouge Police are investigating a deadly shooting early Friday morning that took the life of a LSU basketball player.

20-year-old Wayde Sims was shot around 12:25 a.m. in the 600 block of Harding Blvd., near the Southern University campus. He was brought to a local hospital but died from a gunshot wound, according to police.

“We are all devastated, “said head coach Will Wade in a statement released on “We need your prayers for Wayde, for his family, for all of us. We are heartbroken."

“Wayde Sims’ loss is simply unbelievable to us right now,” said vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva. “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.”

“We are stunned and shaken," LSU President F. King Alexander said. "To say we are grief-stricken is an understatement. Wayde was a beloved member of the LSU community whose leadership was treasured by his coach and his teammates. I knew him personally and liked him tremendously. The void left by his passing will be immense, and we ask that you keep his family in your prayers.”

Baton Rouge Police ask anyone who can help with the investigation to call the Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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