Tuskegee University is mourning the loss of Reginald. T. Summage, a star football player for the Golden Tigers, who was fatally shot over the weekend while breaking up a fight. He was just 20 years old.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Reginald's family and friends," Tuskegee University President Dr. Charlotte P. Morris said in a statement. "Losing such a young talented member of our Golden Tiger family to a senseless act of violence is always tough. We extend our deepest condolences and support to all who loved him at this incredibly difficult time."
A report by AL.com states that officers responded to reports of a person being shot on Friday (March 18) around 11:50 p.m. Summage was found injured in the parking lot of Washington Plaza where he later died.
Tuskegee Police Chief Jennifer Jordan stated the fatal incident began with a fist fight at an off-campus party. Summage, authorities said, was trying to break up the altercation. Police are still investigating the shooting and the circumstances surrounding Summage's killing.
Summage was a native of Montgomery, Alabama and a sophomore majoring in construction science management. according to a statement released by the Tuskegee University Alumni – Southeastern Region. Summage, the statement added, was an honor roll student during the 2021 academic school year.
"Football coach and athletic director Reginald Ruffin noted that Summage was a model student-athlete and inspired his teammates and friends with optimism and care for others," the statement added.
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