Former Mississippi State wide receiver Chris Smith was shot and killed Friday night in his hometown of Meridian.
According to WTOK, Meridian police responded to a call that someone had been shot at Frank Berry Courts Friday around 10:45 p.m. Meridian Police Chief Benny Dubose confirmed that the shooting victim was Smith and had died. He was 26.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of shooting and searching for a suspect.
Smith led Meridian win the 2008 Class 5A state championship alongside future college teammate and quarterback Tyler Russell. He was a part of Dan Mullen‘s initial signing class at MSU as a four-star prospect.
“We are shocked and saddened by the tragic passing of Chris,” Mullen said in a statement released by the university. “Our entire Mississippi State family mourns his loss. Chris was an important part of our first recruiting class and helped set the foundation for our success. He was a terrific teammate and his work ethic was impeccable. He earned his way onto the field as a true freshmen in 2009 and later received his degree from Mississippi State. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family and friends.”
Smith played in 48 games for the Bulldogs from 2009-12 where he caught 109 passes for 1,180 yards and five touchdowns. He ranks 10th all-time in MSU history in catches.
Smith posted his best season as a senior hauling in 47 passes for 564 yards and two touchdowns.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.