NEW ORLEANS, La. (WJTV) – Former Alcorn State wide receiver Tollette George was shot and killed late Friday night in New Orleans.
George reportedly lived near where the shooting took place in Algiers. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported George’s family said he was the second fatal shooting victim in Algiers on Friday. On Saturday morning, the SWAC released a statement on George’s death.
George, also known as “Tonka,” finished his Alcorn career in 2015 after catching 22 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns. In the inaugural Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, George had six catches for 63 yards two touchdowns (one receiving and one passing). He played five years for the Braves and led the team in receptions in 2013. He graduated from Alcorn in May.
Below is a press release from the New Orleans Police Department:
The NOPD is investigating a murder that took place on Vespasian Street on June 24, 2016.
Shortly before 10 p.m., the NOPD responded to a call of an aggravated battery by shooting near Vespasian Street and Lauradale Drive. Upon arrival, officers discovered an unidentified black male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds lying in the street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
No further details are available at this time. The Coroner will determine the official cause of death and identify the victim pending notification of family members.
If you have any information about this incident please contact Homicide Detective Rayell Johnson or any NOPD Homicide detective at 658-5300.
Citizens with information that can help solve a crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading only to the arrest, except on homicides, where Crimestoppers will pay half of the reward upon the arrest and half on the indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward but you must contact Crimestoppers directly with your information. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org.
Alcorn State athletic director Derek Horne posted a statement on the school’s website.
“Tonka was a talented student and athlete,” Horne said. “The Alcorn family is deeply saddened by Tonka’s death and we are praying for his family and all who knew and loved him.”
Multiple Alcorn players tweeted out tributes and messages to their fallen former teammate.