LSU basketball player Wayde Sims was shot and killed early Friday morning near the campus of Southern University. Sims’ death has been confirmed by the school.

Sims was shot at 12:25 AM at a Subway restaurant on 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.

Sims, a 6-foot-6 forward, was entering his junior season with the Tigers, following a season where he averaged 5.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 32 games. According to ESPN, he was the Louisiana 2014-15 Gatorade Player of the Year after leading University Lab High in Baton Rouge to three consecutive state titles from 2014 to 2016.

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.

“It’s every father’s dream. For me playing at LSU and him following in my footsteps, it’s a dream come true,” Wayne said back in 2015. “He’s 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 he’s a little bit more advanced than I was.”

Now that bond and a young man’s journey has been tragically cut short over gun violence. Our prayers are with his family, friends and the entire LSU Basketball community at this time.

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