LSU Basketball player shot and killed

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
September 28, 2018 - 6:08 am


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Bullets were flying early this morning near the Southern University Campus in Baton Rouge.  When it was over an LSU basketball player was dead.

"Baton Rouge Police Detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred today in the 600 block of Harding Blvd around 12:25 this morning," Sgt. Don Coppola said in a news release.

The victim played basketball for the Tigers.

"A male victim, later identified as WAYDE SIMS, 20 was transported to a local hospital with an apparent gunshot wound."

Coppola says Sims died at the hospital.

"Additional information will be forthcoming as it becomes available. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867."

LSU Basketball Coach Will Wade said, “We are all devastated. We need your prayers for Wayde, for his family, for all of us. We are heartbroken.”

Listen to LSU columnist tell us more about Sims:

Sims was a junior at LSU. Last year, he averaged 7 points and 4 rebounds a game. He was expected to be a key role player this season for second-year head coach Will Wade. 

Sims won three state championships at University High in Baton Rouge. He was named Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year in 2014-15 after averaging 21 points and 10 rebounds. 

His father is Wayne Sims, who played under Dale Brown at LSU from 1987-91. He was a teammate of Shaquille O'Neal's.

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