Updated at 16.45: Revised to include commentary from Craig Bohl, University of Wyoming’s head football coach.
A 17-year-old Lancaster High senior and Wyoming football recruiter were fatally shot and another person was injured early Sunday at a Hawthorn Suites hotel in the Stemmons Corridor, Dallas police said.
Tony Evans Jr. and another person was shot around noon. 1:30 in a room at the hotel at 7900 Brookriver Drive, approx. 4 km from Dallas Love Field airport.
Both victims were taken to a hospital where Evans was pronounced dead. The second victim, whom police did not identify, was in stable condition.
Friends said Evans grew up in Lancaster and that he had just signed a national letter of intent in February to play football at the University of Wyoming. As a senior receiver, he had 1
His mother, Aretha Evans, said in a text message that her son was a devout Christian who prayed every day and loved to sing and drive his car.
“We are on an emotional roller coaster,” she said. “Our son’s life was abruptly ended. We are left shattered. Pray for us to have strength as we prepare to lay down our beloved Tony Evans Jr. resting. ”
She described her son as a caring person who was passionate about life with a great personality and great character. He was determined and hardworking, she added.
“He encouraged those around him,” she said.
Rodney Hudson, 18, said he had been friends with Evans for years but had not spoken to him in about a month. He remembered talking to Evans about football during one of their last conversations.
“He wanted everything to work out,” Hudson said. “And he should have a breakout season. That’s what he did. Whatever he told me, he did. ”
Hudson said Evans was funny and outgoing and especially kind and genuine.
“There was nothing false about him; he is genuine, ”Hudson said. “Even though he was a legend, he is real. The love he showed is real. I just want people to know. ”
The University of Wyoming’s football program issued a written statement Sunday afternoon expressing sadness over the news of Evans’ death.
“Our heart is with the Evans family as they go through this incredibly difficult time,” said head coach Craig Bohl. “We are so sad to hear of Tony’s passing. We have been in touch with Tony’s family and are here to support them in any way we can. ”
No one had been taken into custody for the shooting, and police have not released details of what led to them.
Investigators have asked anyone with information about the case to contact Detective Kim Mayfield at 214-671-3646 or email@example.com and refer to case number 061917-2021.
Crime Stoppers has offered a reward of up to $ 5,000 for information leading to arrest and indictment in the case. Anonymous tips can be given at 214-373-TIPS.