The man shot to death in Norfolk was a William & Mary football player

Nathan A. Evans (Southside Daily/Courtesy College of William & Mary)
Nathan A. Evans (Southside Daily/Courtesy College of William & Mary)

A football player from the College of William & Mary was shot to death in Norfolk Thursday night, authorities said.

“It is with deep sadness that I am writing to tell you of the death of one of our students, Nathan A. Evans, a sophomore from Mechanicsville, Virginia,” said Ginger Ambler, vice president for Student Affairs at the college, in a letter to faculty, staff and students.

According to the letter, Evans died Thursday night and the university was notified by a relative Friday morning.

He was 19 years old.

There will be a vigil Monday at 7 p.m. at Zable Stadium at William & Mary.

Evans was a running back for the Tribe football team, Ambler said.

Evans was interested in a career in public or global health and aspired to major in kinesiology. He was studying geology, American studies, film studies, and history this semester, W&M Athletic officials said.

The college referred all inquires about the incident to the Norfolk Police Department.

“Our team has gathered together to support each other as we deal with the grief that comes this tragedy,” Mike London, head football coach, said. “Additionally, we will do all we can to support and comfort Nate’s family and loved ones through this difficult time.”

On Thursday around 11:50 p.m., Norfolk Police were dispatched to the 800 block of West 43rd Street near Colley Avenue for a “gunshot disturbance.”

Officers found Evans on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound, Norfolk Police wrote in a news release Friday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Detectives have not released suspect information or the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to call the Norfolk Crime Line at Line 888-LOCK-U-UP or submit a tip through the P3Tips mobile app.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.