LSU basketball player Wayde Simms shot to death

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Wayde Sims, a forward for the LSU men's basketball team, was shot and killed early Friday morning near the Southern University campus in Baton Rouge, police there told the Advocate.

The shooting happened near Southern University's A.W. Mumford Stadium, where homecoming festivities are taking place this weekend. Sims was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injury. "We are still devastated and shocked".

In a statement, LSU coach Will Wade asked for prayers and shared the sadness of the LSU family.

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Sims, 20, was getting ready to start his junior season for LSU.

'We need your prayers for Wayde, for his family, for all of us. "He had an unbelievable spirit to him and everybody was drawn to him", Wade said from the team's Twitter account. But Wade said Sims was improving and was very impressed with him during the off-season.

"He was such a lovable young man who was full of joy", Alleva said in a statement. We are circling around his teammates and friends who need all the love and support we can give them. He was a high school prodigy and was named the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year in 2015. We are praying for his family, for his parents. No arrests have been made, but the investigation, which has been classified as a homicide, is ongoing. "Happy Father's Day, " Wayde Sims would write.