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Norfolk State football player shot and killed; former NSU football player arrested – Virginian-Pilot




A Norfolk State freshman and defensive lineman for the school’s football team was shot to death Friday night in Norfolk, the school announced Saturday.

Nicholas Jerome Ackies, originally from Richmond, was a criminal justice major at the university. He was 18.

A 22-year-old Norfolk State graduate identified as Jaquan Anderson was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and using a gun in connection to Ackies’ death, the university and police said .



Anderson also played football for Norfolk State . His last known address was on the same block of Hayes Drive in Norfolk where the killing occurred. He also is from Richmond.

Anderson is being held without bond at the Norfolk City Jail.

“This is such a tragic situation. Our prayers are with Nick’s family during this very difficult time,” Norfolk State Athletic Director Marty Miller said in a statement.

Norfolk dispatchers got a call about gunshots on the 800 block of Hayes Street shortly after 6 p.m. Friday, according to the department.

When officers arrived, they found a Ackies inside an apartment . He was pronounced dead on the scene.

A brick apartment building on that block was surrounded by police tape and blue lights Friday night. By Saturday, the only indication of a crime was a scrap of the yellow tape left behind on the corner.

None of the neighbors said they had known Ackies or Anderson. All of them said they were elsewhere at the time of the shooting.

Ackies had played in three games for the Spartans as a second-string defensive lineman. He had missed the past three games due to injury.

He was the second person connected to the football team to be killed this year – freshman defensive back Dy-Shawn Simpkins Jr. was killed in a shooting in New Jersey in June.

The Spartans held a moment of silence for Ackies prior to Saturday’s homecoming game .

“It’s probably gonna be a tough week for these guys,” Norfolk State coach Latrell Scott said after the Spartans 27-9 loss to Savannah State. “It’s probably gonna be a tough couple weeks for these guys.”

Scott met the media alone after the game and did not make the players available .

Mike Henderson, who coached Ackies when he played football at Douglas Freeman High School in Henrico County, described him as a big, athletic player who lived in the moment.



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