Former Temple and Maine running back Zaire Williams was tragically killed in a shooting in North Philadelphia early Monday.
Williams was involved in what police are calling a “confrontation” and eventual “fistfight” at the Johnny Walker Bar close to Temple University’s campus early this morning. The former Owl reportedly “won the fight,” but was subsequently fatally shot in the head according to CBS Philly. The reported suspect fled the scene.
Williams was taken to Temple University Hospital where he was then pronounced dead at 4:38 a.m. He was 25 years old. No arrests have been made since the incident – the suspect is still at large.
P.J. Walker – Williams’ former teammate and current XFL star QB – took to Twitter to post his reaction to Williams’ tragic death. Walker is clearly in disbelief – here’s what he had to say:
Man…….. life is short i can’t believe this news.. RIP Zaire 🙏 #23 My brotha!! 4L ❤️ pic.twitter.com/m0uwltdoqt
— PJ Walker (@pjwalker_5) March 2, 2020
Many Temple and Maine players are coming together to mourn Williams’ tragic death. Walker, among many, is clearly shocked by the loss of his friend.
Williams was a New Jersey high school star before heading to Temple University. The former collegiate running back ran for 533 yards in his freshman campaign in 2013 – the third best rushing total by a freshman in Temple football history.
Friends and family are gathering together Monday night to hold a candlelight vigil in Williams’ honor.