A college football player from Winston-Salem State, 21-year-old Najee Ali Baker, was shot and killed during an on-campus shooting at Wake Forest, according to reports.
The tragic news was announced in a statement from WFU President Nathan Hatch.
“At approximately 1 a.m. this morning, Najee Ali Baker, a student at Winston-Salem State University, was shot during an altercation at a party on campus in The Barn,” Hatch said. “I am deeply saddened to report that the student later succumbed to his injuries. My thoughts and prayers this morning are with the student’s family, friends and classmates, as well as our Wake Forest community.”
The party took place at The Barn on campus, a social place for students, “to kick-off the new semester.”
From Journal Now:
In an email message to Wake Forest students and faculty Saturday, WFU President Nathan Hatch said Baker was shot during a fight at a party in The Barn. The Barn is described by Wake Forest as a student-centered social space that hosts concerts, speakers and various celebrations. Investigators say several students from Wake Forest as well as WSSU attended the event, and officials from both universities are working together to support students affected by the crime.
Baker, a native of Brooklyn, New York, committed to Winston-Salem State in spring of 2017 and joined the team as a walk-on before receiving a redshirt for the season. He committed to the Rams after one season in the JUCO ranks at Dean College.
R.I.P to my bro Najee man , we talked about how after that red shirt year we was turning up in 2018 , but now you can't 💔 I got you tho 💯
— Karron Jeter (@K_Jeter10) January 20, 2018
Our deepest condolences go out to Baker’s family and friends and anyone who may have been impacted by the tragic event.
[H/T: HBCU Gameday]