William & Mary football player killed in Norfolk shooting

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A William & Mary football player was killed in a shooting Thursday night in Norfolk.

Norfolk police said 19-year-old Nathan A. Evans was shot in the 800 block of West 43rd Street off Colley Avenue — just east of Old Dominion University’s campus. Officers responded to the area around 11:50 p.m., and found Evans on the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound. 

Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

William & Mary officials said in a message to the campus community that Evans, of Mechanicsville, was a sophomore running back who was a “valued member of the Tribe both on and off the field.” 

A campus-wide gathering for Evans has been planned for Monday, March 25 on the Zable Stadium football field at 7 p.m.

Since learning this tragic news, athletics department leadership and coaches, as well as student affairs staff have been offering direct assistance to those who were closest to Nate. The Dean of Students Office, the Counseling Center, campus ministers, and my office are on-call throughout the weekend and available on a priority basis for those who need us. Counselors can be reached any time by phone at 757-221-3620. 

William & Mary president Katherine A. Rowe said in a statement, “William & Mary grieves today the death of Nate Evans, an immensely talented young man. I extend condolences and the deepest sympathy on behalf of the community to Nate’s family, friends, team members and others close to him.”

Head football coach Mike London said, “Nate’s is a loss we are feeling deeply within our program. Faith and family are the foundations of our program. We value relationships first. Our team has gathered together to support each other as we deal with the grief that comes from this tragedy. Additionally, we will do all we can to support and comfort Nate’s family and loved ones through this difficult time.”

Police said the Thursday shooting is the city’s second homicide of 2019. Detectives have not released information on a possible suspect or motive for the shooting.

Police ask anyone who may know something to submit a tip at http://P3tips.com/1126  or call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. 

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