Second man charged in W&M football player death

Staff writer

A Portsmouth man has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of William and Mary student and football player Nate Evans.

Jerry Collins Spady, 22, was charged with possession of a concealed weapon less than a day after the fatal shooting of Evans, according to a Norfolk Police Department news release.

Spady was charged on March 22, the release said, but police have yet to release further information on how the criminal charge relates to Evans’ death.

Spady was released on $2,500 bail on March 23, according to the Norfolk City Jail inmate roster. His next court appearance will be on March 29 at 9 a.m. in Norfolk.

Norfolk police charged a Chesapeake Man with second-degree murder, robbery and using a firearm in the commission of a felony on March 25, according to Virginia Gazette archives.

Kri’Shawn D. Beamon was arrested in the afternoon of March 25 at his home in the 3500 block of Coleshill Lane in Chesapeake without incident, police said at the time.

Police were called to the 800 block of West 43rd Street in Norfolk for gunshots late at night March 21 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 have investigated the death as an isolated homicide. Investigators still 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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