DALLAS, Texas. (WLBT) - Jackson State University Division of Athletics is mourning the untimely death of 17-year-old Leroy Hawkins, an incoming football student-athlete who passed away just after midnight in Dallas Tuesday.
According to NBC-Affiliate KXAS, 18-year-old Kenaijae Keon Anderson is facing a murder charge after admitting in an interview to shooting Hawkins at a parking lot in downtown Dallas.
Police say two people inside a red 2007 Pontiac, including Hawkins, were involved in a fight with another man. Anderson then shot into the car multiple times, shooting Hawkins while the other person was able to run and take cover. Witnesses told police they heard five gunshots.
Anderson left the scene and Hawkins was taken to Baylor University Medical, where he died from his injuries.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Leroy Hawkins,” said JSU Vice President and Director of Athletics Ashley Robinson. “Leroy was a tremendous son, athlete, student and friend, and he will be sorely missed. We offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”
JSU Head Football Coach John Hendrick said, “Leroy Hawkins was a very special young man. We will keep Leroy and his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.”
Hawkins was a standout offensive lineman at DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas. He helped lead the Eagles to a 9-3 overall record, a 5-2 mark in league play and advanced to the second round of the 6A Division I playoffs.
According to MaxPreps, a website that covers American high school sports, Hawkins was a Top 300 offensive lineman and 34th in Texas.