UAPB women’s basketball player shot, killed in hometown, authorities say

Written by on November 27, 2019

A women’s basketball player for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was shot and killed Monday in her hometown of Lake Village, according to state police and the university.

Sierra’Li Wade, 18, was found shot around 6 p.m. in Henry Augustus Johnson Park, according to a statement from state police spokesman Bill Sadler. She was taken to Chicot Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead.

The Pride mourns the loss of freshman ROTC cadet and student-athlete Sierra’li Wade. Wade died from gunshot wounds she sustained while playing basketball in her hometown of Lake Village. This news is truly devastating for our campus community—even more so because it occurred as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. There are no further details at this time, but we will continue to keep you informed during this very difficult period of grieving. Over the holiday break, please say a prayer for Wade’s family and friends. #gonebutnotforgotten

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The Lake Village Police Department has requested Arkansas State Police investigators assist with the case. The statement said a second person was shot in the incident but those injuries were not life-threatening.

A post from the university expressed condolences and said Wade was playing basketball when she was shot. In addition to being a student-athlete, the post states she was an ROTC cadet.

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