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.