Suspect identified in shooting death of former MSU football play - - Jackson, MS

Suspect identified in shooting death of former MSU football player

Source: WTOK Source: WTOK
Chris Smith - Source: MSU Athletics Chris Smith - Source: MSU Athletics

According to WTOK, Meridian police have issued warrants for the arrest of Tirale Reed in the shooting death of former MSU football player Chris Smith.

Smith was shot and killed, July 15, around 10:50 p.m. at Frank Berry Courts on 8th Street.

Sgt. Dareall Thompson says Reed is the primary suspect in the shooting death of Smith.

The warrants issued for Reed include murder, felon in possession of a firearm and shooting into an occupied dwelling.

He is considered armed and dangerous. If you see him call 911 immediately. 

Investigators say if anyone is hiding Tirale Reed, they will be charged.

Smith was a football standout at Meridian High School and went on to become a wide receiver at Mississippi State.

Mississippi State's head football coach Dan Mullen released a statement about Smith's death. 

"We are shocked and saddened by the tragic passing of Chris. Our entire Mississippi State family mourns his loss. Chris was an important part of our first recruiting class and helped set the foundation for our success. He was a terrific teammate and his work ethic was impeccable. He earned his way onto the field as a true freshmen in 2009 and later received his degree from Mississippi State. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family and friends."  

Smith played in 48 games from 2009-12, recording 109 catches for 1,180 yards and five touchdowns. His 109 receptions rank 10th in MSU career history.

As a junior in 2011, he led the Bulldogs with 35 catches for 330 yards and two scores. He followed that up with 47 catches for 564 yards and two touchdowns as a senior.

He was a member of three State bowl squads, including the victorious 2011 Gator Bowl and 2011 Music City Bowl teams.

Many of Smith's former teammates and opponents took to social media to express their thoughts.

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