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NC A&T football player shot, killed in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Students gathered for a prayer vigil Wednesday to mourn the death of Jermane Clark, a student and football player at North Carolina A&T State University.

Clark was shot and killed outside of his off-campus apartment on Stedman Street Tuesday night.

Officers responded to a shooting in the 400 block of Stedman Street around 11:04 p.m. where they found the victim with a gunshot wound.

Clark was transported to Moses Cone Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Before he became an Aggie, he played football for R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem. David Friedman was one of his teachers.

“It’s been a tough morning. There are a lot of people who knew him well on campus,” said Friedman, assistant principal.

Friedman says Clark was always passionate about football. He was a team captain at Reynolds High his senior year.

“He was somebody who showed great potential as far as what he was able to do both academically and athletically, and in his character,” said Friedman.

That’s why teachers say the 22-year-old’s death is devastating.

Greensboro police are still working to determine who is responsible for the shooting.

“At this point in the investigation, I can’t say with any level of certainty what happened. We know there was an altercation and gun fire, and unfortunately Mr. Clark suffered a fatal injury,” said Deputy Chief Wayne Scott of the Greensboro Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000.

With so many questions still unanswered, teachers are remembering Clark as a positive student who made the classroom better.

“No matter how many times you said it, you wish you could have made it more clear how valued he was as part of this school,” said Friedman.

Clark graduated from Reynolds High School in 2010.

A statement was released from N.C. A&T regarding the loss of Clark:

The North Carolina A&T State University community is mourning the loss of student Jermane Darnell Clark, 22, who died Wednesday, April 30.
Clark, a Winston-Salem native, was a sophomore majoring in psychology and a member of the N.C. A&T football team.
“The Aggie family grieves the loss of our student, Jermane Clark. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” said Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr.
“This is a tragedy for our university and our football team,” said A&T Head Football Coach Rod Broadway.
Clark was a highly recruited prospect out of Oak Ridge Military Academy, where he led the football team to a 10-0 record in 2010 by playing running back, safety and outside linebacker. He spent two seasons at R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem and by his junior season, recorded 110 tackles and was named first-team All-Central Piedmont 4A as a defensive lineman. He originally signed with University of Colorado before transferring to A&T in 2013.
“I can’t express how deeply saddened we are by this loss,” said A&T Director of Athletics Earl Hilton. “Our hearts go out to his family, friends and teammates. As a department, we will do all we can to comfort and support them.”
The university’s Office of Counseling Services is open for students impacted by the loss. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.

25 comments

  • Slocush

    Seriously? He deserved to die because he looks tough in his football picture just like every other football player ever? You are an awful human being.

  • Slocush

    That’s not what I meant – my comment was in response to someone who made that claim. I was actually defending him, calling the person who made that comment an awful human being, not him, but they deleted the other person’s comment and left mine and out of context it looks terrible. They should have deleted both comments. I feel very sorry for his family and I apologize if I caused anyone sadness with my comment.

  • Tene Ray

    My son Jermaine Martin-Calhoun was attacked, beaten and robbed by A&T football stadium April 14, 2014, along with another student. They both are freshman. I am terrified. Yes this can happen anywhere but something has to be done. My heart aches for the family of the young man murdered last night. The nation is up in arms about words spoken against African Americans in the NBA which is by no means acceptable but our people commit violent acts against each other daily. May this family find justice and peace along with our family… Neither Jermaine deserved what happened to them… Praying for change

    • Conrad Dobler

      Tene Ray you are so right!!…Donald Sterling is banned-ok. But we are still dealing with young black males engaged in deadly street violence. Meanwhile self-appointed/self-promoting so-called “black leaders” like Jackal Jackson and Weasel Sharpton are now out here in LA trying to sponge up the limelight with this Clippers debacle. We as black people need to be concerned MORE about our young men actin out their disagreements in deadly confrontations and just give the middle finger to white racist scumbags like Sterling AND OTHERS…

      • McLaurin

        When I read about what happen to this young man, my heart goes out to him and his family. What happen to him was tragic. I do agree that we need to address the issue of black males engaged in deadly street violence. However, we cannot make that assumption in this case until all the evidence is gathered. My brother Michael Thomas McLaurin was murdered April 24th, 2013 outside his apartment complex. Our family was filled with grief and hurt but what hurt us even more is how the media portrayed my brother in a fight. He never had a record, never went to jail, he never joined any gang. Therefore, it was not until after a complete investigation that my brother was waiting for my older brother inside apartment to go to work (3rd shift). Then he forgot to check his mail and went out to his mailbox and was attacked by 2 men looking for his neighbor. My brother fought for his life. He was shot him 7 times. This message is for everyone, please don’t automatically assume, black male, he got what he deserve. My brother did not deserve to die, so young and the only thing he was guilty of was not knowing his neighbors and the community he lived in. To commemorate his memory and legacy, we started “Getting to know your neigbor” event last year on his birthday, August 17th. We are looking forward to doing the same thing this year. As a community we need to get together and address the violence regardless of color. As indviduals we need to look at in at ourselves and realize that a victim is still a victim.

    • FaithC

      “Praying for change.”

      That is part of the problem. Stop sitting on your tail praying to your inaginary god and actually do something. Until then, nobody cares about black on black crime.

  • a man

    tragic loss. my regards to the family.

    with that being said, i want to point out bill cosbys words of wisdom. if you want change, let it start from within, and then spread it around. say no to the violence, and mentor the ones in need of guidance to show them the way. too many times we ask for change and then sit back and wait for some miracle. thats not the way change works. change starts as a work in progress, 1 life at a time, and you can either be a part of that solution, or by sitting back and waiting, you are part of the problem. parents take control of your youth. what they do is your business. teach them right and wrong and by god enforce it. i didnt know this young man or his story. it may have been wrong place wrong time. all i know is that our youth today are wreckless and have no regard to human life. changing that starts in the home, and in the community. reach out to someone and make a difference.

  • a man

    to mclaurin… im sorry for your loss and although it is a shame that something like this has to happen before we try to make a difference, i do commend you on what you and your family are doing now. that is a great way to ensure your brother didnt die in vain.

  • Ty Raid @WM2793

    This is terrible I agree, what I don’t understand though is why the black community gets more upset about what some crazy old white guy says than they are about black on black crime.

  • news2me

    Jethro ..I was wanting to reply to that hateful remark that Cheerio said but would have been deleted..I am sure..so thank you!

  • news2me

    What a clean cut and nice looking young gentleman. I am so saddened by this.

    Deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this young man.

    I am sure the entire community is so very saddened by the loss of your family member.

  • Renando

    Darnell was like my little brother he stayed with me almost every growing up until I went off to play ball in college…I can not even express in words how this makes me feel…me an my mother are truly distraught by this

  • grieving mother

    i agree with all thats being said i won’t say i feel that mother’s pain because i don’t know her pain but i do know loss because my son was also murdered on march 23, 2014 as he was getting out of car to come into the house THESE KIDS DON’T CARE WHO THEY HURT NOT EVEN THEIR OWN FAMLIES PRAYING FOR THE CLARK FAMILY AND ANY FAMILY THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY GUN VIOLENCE

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