Tragedy touched the Grambling State Football program this week. Red-shirt senior wide receiver Darrell Clark and his younger brother Keyon, was amongst three people shot out a New Orleans gym. Clark and the other ,as of yet, unidentified victim were taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Unfortunately Clark’s younger brother, Keyon was not as fortunate and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Grambling State has issued the following press release:
Fobbs Issues Statement on Clark Shooting
GRAMBLING, La. | Grambling State University head football coach Broderick Fobbs issued a statement late Thursday afternoon on the shooting of Tiger wide receiver Darrell Clark.
Clark and his younger brother, Keyon (19), were shot just outside the Frank Lemon playground gymnasium at the 1300 block of South Causeway Boulevard in the metro New Orleans area. Clark, a red-shirt senior and criminal justice major, and another unidentified gunshot victim were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries after the triple shooting. Following surgery, Clark was said to be in “stable” condition.
In an article written by Cory Diaz of the Monroe News-Star, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Captain Jason Rivarde said authorities responded to a reported shooting call at 9:15 p.m. where they found Keyon Clark dead at the scene.
Statement From Grambling State President Richard J. Gallot
On behalf of the entire Grambling State University family, our thoughts and prayers are with our student Darrell Clark and his family.
While we are thankful and optimistic that Darrell will recover from his injuries, we are also deeply saddened at the loss of his younger brother during yesterday’s tragedy in New Orleans.
Although it is difficult to express the sorrow of times like these, we must rely on one another for encouragement and support as we draw strength in the journey ahead.
Statement from Grambling State Head Football Coach Broderick Fobbs
I have spoken with members of the family today (Thursday) and we want to keep the entire family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
I had the opportunity to visit with Darrell and he is in good spirits. He has come a long way and came from a tough environment and upbringing. He has a strong family, a bunch of family members around him that really care about him. I’m just thankful he’s going to be OK. We’re sad for the loss of his brother, but we’re fortunate both of them weren’t lost.
An investigation has been launched to determine what happened on Wednesday night, but we are extremely happy to know that he is expected to make a fully and speedy recovery. That gave me joy.
We value relationships first and our team has gathered together to support each other. We want to pull everybody together, support and pray for D.J. to make a speedy recovery so he can get back to doing the thing he loves to do.
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