Former San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots wide receiver Reche Caldwell was shot and killed Saturday in Tampa, according to TMZ.
The report indicates that Caldwell, 41, was “ambushed” by “a couple of people” outside of his house, apparently with the intent of robbing him, according to his mother. It indicates that Caldwell was shot in the leg and chest and died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.
The NFL expressed its condolences midday Sunday:
We mourn the passing of six-year NFL veteran WR Reche Caldwell.— NFL (@NFL) June 7, 2020
Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/pEBuXxFKNY
A former second-round pick out of Florida in 2002, Caldwell played six seasons with the Chargers, Patriots and Washington Redskins. He caught 152 passes for 1,851 yards (12.2 average) and 11 TDs in 71 career games.
Former players have begun sending their condolences on social media.
I played against Reche Caldwell in college, we were both c/o 2002, and spent time together on the 2007 Patriots. so many stories, but one thing you knew about Shady was he always smiling. here’s a 2002 rookie card we shared. RIP, good brother. 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/HXUdoZdRXX— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) June 7, 2020
Always kept us laughing and light hearted. Always had the biggest smile. Always had the greatest stories. Sad to hear about the passing of my teammate Reche Caldwell. May the Lord comfort his family during this time.— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) June 7, 2020
God Bless Reche Caldwell. ☹️🙏— Javier Arenas (@JavierArenas21) June 7, 2020
More details will be added as they come in.
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