Police: Chesapeake man arrested in killing of W&M football player

Staff writer

A Chesapeake man was charged and arrested Monday in connection with the killing of a College of William and Mary football player Nate Evans.

Kri’Shawn D. Beamon, 20, was charged with second-degree murder, robbery and using a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to a Norfolk Police Department news release.

Beamon was arrested Monday afternoon at his home in the 3500 block of Coleshill Lane in Chesapeake without incident, the release said.

Police were called to the 800 block of West 43rd Street in Norfolk for gunshots late Thursday night and found Evans, 19, fatally wounded on a sidewalk, according to a prior release.

Medics pronounced Evans dead soon after, according to a Norfolk Police Department news release. Police are investigating the death as an isolated homicide. Investigators have not released any information on the alleged motives or circumstances of the shooting.

There have been two homicides so far this year in Norfolk, including Evans, the release said.

Evans, a Mechanicsville native and graduate of Lee-Davis High School, initially didn’t commit to playing at William and Mary, according to Daily Press archives. Instead, he looked to play for the University of Richmond Spiders before he changed his mind and became a go-to running back for the Tribe offense.

In two years, he rushed for 684 yards and five touchdowns in 19 games, 14 of which he started.

In 2017, Evans became the program’s first true freshman to play at running back since 2008. He was the Tribe’s leading rusher, with 476 yards on 119 carries with three touchdowns.

As a sophomore, Evans was second on the team in rushing yards with 208 on 70 carries.

The college has sought to provide counseling to students grieving after Evans’ death, according to a William and Mary news release.

Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329, by email at srobertsjr@vagazette.com and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.

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