I’m absorbing my sons faces as they take in & talk to us abt the deaths of #dauntewright & @tonyevansjr_ (No relation) – young black men around the same age as my three boys, both shot & killed this week. Tony was a member of our church, 17 year old talented athlete, slated to play football at University of Wyoming this fall.
The circumstances of these two tragedies were different, but the outcomes were the same.
They are both gone.
My husband & I have held our boys close, had hard but necessary discussions (that we’ve had many times before) & we have prayed together for these families.
The heart ache.
As I stare into these faces underneath the roof of my own house, I cannot imagine this grief.🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
Something’s gotta change.
Brothers & sisters, will you commit to pray for these families this week & for the work that we need to do in our society. Then, lean in, listen & learn from voices like @pastoremase , @esaumccaulley, @samcollier, @jackiehillperry, @latashamorrison, @ashlee_eiland, @berniceaking, @lecrae, @kirkfranklin, @charliedates & others. 🙏🏽
Note: Out of respect for all of the families involved, I have turned the comments off.
Eyewitness details moments after 17-year-old Lancaster High senior, Wyoming football recruit fatally shot in Dallas: ‘All I remember is shots fired’
A 17-year-old Lancaster High senior and Wyoming football recruit was fatally shot and another person was wounded early Sunday at a Hawthorn Suites hotel in the Stemmons Corridor, Dallas police say.
Tony Evans Jr. and another person were shot about 1:30 a.m. in a room at the hotel at 7900 Brookriver Drive, about 3 miles from Dallas Love Field airport. Witnesses said the shooting happened during a party in the hotel room.
Both victims were taken to a hospital, where Evans was pronounced dead. The other victim, whom police did not identify, was in stable condition.
No one had been taken into custody for the shootings and police have not released details about what led to them.
Evans’ mother, Aretha Evans, said in a text message that her son was a devout Christian who prayed daily and loved to sing and drive his car
“We are on an emotional rollercoaster,” she said. “Our son’s life was abruptly ended. We have been left broken-hearted. Pray for us to have strength as we prepare to lay our beloved Tony Evans Jr. to rest.”
‘All I remember is shots fired’
Courtney Massingill, 18, said that he had been friends with Evans since they were 10 and that he’d planned to see Evans at the party Saturday night. He had just parked at the hotel when he heard shots.
There were fewer than 30 people at the gathering when the shooting happened, Massingill said. When he called Evans from his car to make sure he was OK, no one answered.
“All I remember is shots fired, girls screaming,” he said.
About five minutes later, someone told him Evans had been shot. Massingill jumped out of the car and “ran as fast as he could” to the hotel room.
“We ran up there, he was laying in a puddle of blood,” he said.
He said he picked Evans up and brought him to a car because he and other friends knew they could get him to a hospital faster than waiting for an ambulance. Evans was unconscious but still breathing, Massingill said, and appeared to have been shot once near his lungs.
Massingill and other friends stayed at the hospital for about three hours before Evans’ parents arrived and broke the news that their son had died.
“I’m trying to stay strong for him, but I’m not gonna lie to you, I haven’t been all right,” Massingill said Monday. “I’ve been sad every time I wake up. It’s like I can barely sleep, every time I close my eyes I see his face.”
Massingill said he wasn’t sure what led to the shooting and police declined to release further details about the case Monday.
Remembering a high school football star
Friends said Evans was raised in Lancaster, and he had just signed a national letter of intent in February to play football at the University of Wyoming. As a senior wide receiver, he had 13 catches for 268 yards and four touchdowns for Lancaster High last season.
Aretha Evans described her son as a caring person who was enthusiastic about life, with a great personality and great character. He was determined and hardworking, she added.
“He encouraged those around him,” she said.
Massingill was on the Lancaster High football team with Evans. He said Evans was the team’s hype man who told everyone “to keep pushing forward throughout the whole season.”
“Tony was a very loving person,” Massingill said. “He wanted everyone to be strong. He always told us to be strong whenever anything happened. He never talked down on anybody, he was a very good athlete. Just a loving person.”
Massingill said Evans had a baby boy due to be born May 15, which he said was the high school football star’s motivation to finish college at Wyoming and make it to the NFL.
“We need to stop gun violence,” Massingill said. “That’s all. That’s all I can say.”
Rodney Hudson, 18, said he was friends with Evans for years but hadn’t talked 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 was going to have a breakout season. That’s what he did. Whatever he told me, he did.”
Hudson said Evans was funny and outgoing and especially kindhearted and genuine.
“There was nothing fake about him; he’s real,” Hudson said. “Even though he was playful, he’s real. That love that he showed is real. I just want people to know that.”
The University of Wyoming’s football program released a written statement Sunday afternoon, expressing sadness over the news of Evans’ death.
“Our hearts are with the Evans family as they go through this incredibly difficult time,” head coach Craig Bohl said. “We are so sad to hear of Tony’s passing. We have been in contact with Tony’s family and are here to support them in any way we can.”
State representatives, professional athletes and coaches nationwide expressed sadness over news of Evans’ death.
“let’s put the guns down Dallas,” tweeted James Proche, a DeSoto High School and SMU graduate who now plays football for the Baltimore Ravens. “… we gotta do better bro.”
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 up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the case. Anonymous tips may be provided at 214-373-TIPS.
Source: Dallas Morning News
A promising college football recruit was fatally shot at a hotel in Dallas, police and relatives said.
Tony Evans Jr., a 17-year-old senior wide receiver at Lancaster High School in Texas, was pronounced dead at a hospital after he was wounded early Sunday inside a room at the Hawthorn Suites in Dallas, police said in a statement.
Evans, who was set to join the University of Wyoming’s football team next season, was gunned down by an unknown suspect inside Room 221 at the hotel. A motive in the slaying is unclear, police said.
Another person who was not identified by police was also shot during the incident, the Dallas Morning News reported. That victim was in stable condition, the newspaper reported Sunday.
Evans’ mother, Aretha Evans, told the newspaper her son was a devout Christian who was determined to succeed on and off the football field.
“We are on an emotional roller coaster,” Evans told the newspaper. “Our son’s life was abruptly ended. We have been left broken-hearted. Pray for us to have strength as we prepare to lay our beloved Tony Evans Jr. to rest.”
Evans, who was raised in Lancaster, tallied 13 catches for 268 yards and four touchdowns at Lancaster High School last season. He was prepping to join the Wyoming Cowboys after signing a letter of intent in February, the Dallas Morning News reported.
“He wanted everything to work out,” Evans’ friend Rodney Hudson told the newspaper. “And he was going to have a breakout season. That’s what he did. Whatever he told me, he did.”
Hudson said the outgoing, funny teen left a mark on whomever he met.
“There was nothing fake out him, he’s real,” said Hudson, who last spoke to Evans about a month ago. “Even though he was playful, he’s real. That love that he showed is real. I just want people to know that.”
Wyoming’s football program tweeted an image of Evans’ No. 19 jersey on Monday while saying the team was grieving the teen’s tragic death.
“Our hearts are with the Evans family as they go through this incredibly difficult time,” UW’s football coach, Craig Bohl, said in a statement. “We are so sad to hear of Tony’s passing. We have been in contact with Tony’s family and are here to support them in anyway we can.”
No arrests had been announced in the ongoing investigation as of noon Monday.
A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment in Evans’ shooting death. Anyone with additional details on the homicide should call Dallas police at (214) 671-3646.
Source: NY Post