LSU mens basketball player Wayde Sims was killed in a shooting near the HBCU, Southern University Campus on Friday morning, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Sims was shot at 12:25 a.m. at a Subway restaurant at 668 Harding Boulevard across from Southern’s A.W. Mumford Stadium. Sims was transported to a local hospital where he died from his gunshot wound.
Sporting News on Twitter
LSU basketball’s Wayde Sims was shot and killed overnight. He was 20 years old. https://t.co/i4d31bWvy5
Wayde Sims’ father, Wayne, also played forward on the LSU basketball team coach Dale Brown from 1987-91. Sims was overjoyed when his son agreed to follow in his footsteps and become a Tiger.
Its every fathers dream. For me playing at LSU and him following in my footsteps, its a dream come true, Wayne said back in 2015. Hes a lot better than I am, at this stage. I had some strengths, some things I did a little bit better than what he does now; but overall, I think hes a little bit more advanced than I was.
Now that bond, that journey, that special relationship is shattered.
Milton Talbert, who said he worked with Sims’ father, went out to the scene this morning.
“It’s so sad that all our young people are just destroying each other,” Talbert told local reporters, adding that he planned to reach out to Wayne Sims to offer his condolences.
This story is deeply disturbing and sad because Sims was a 20-year-old starter for LSU entering his junior season and hes someones son. People dont send their kids to college on scholarship to end up dead from gun violence.
The Advocate on Twitter
Wayde Sims was shot and killed near Southern University last night. A look bath at how Wayde Sims arrived at LSU, from University High and following path of his father, Wayne Sims, who was also a Tigers basketball player. Story: https://t.co/IyMcdWWhWy
Details about how Sims was shot have not yet been released.
Grace Toohey on Twitter
I’m here at the scene where police say LSU basketball Wayde Sims was fatally shot last night. Locations is right near the entrance of Southern University. https://t.co/EePZWEGOIM
The 6’6″ forward averaged 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game this past season with 10 starts in 32 games for the Tigers.
The Baton Rouge native was the 2014-15 Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year as a star at University High, located on LSU’s campus, Sims helped lead his high school team to three consecutive state championships.