PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police sources confirm former Temple University football player Zaire Williams was killed in a shooting early Monday morning in North Philadelphia. The shooting happened on the 1800 block of West Montgomery Avenue.
Sources say the shooting was preceded by a confrontation at the Johnny Walker Bar at 10th and Race Streets. Police say the confrontation was broken up but the people involved went to the 1800 block of West Montgomery Avenue, just off of Temple’s campus, where a fistfight broke out.READ MORE: The Aztecs 'Slowly Crush You': CBS Sports' Randy Cross Previews Fresno State-#21 San Diego State, Other Matchups
Police say Williams, 25, won the fight but a suspect then fatally shot Williams in the head. A gun was recovered at the scene.
Sources say police have identified a suspect in the shooting.
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Thoughts and prayers to the family of former Temple Football player Zaire Williams 🙏
— Temple Owls (@TempleOwls) March 3, 2020
Friends and family gathered in Sicklerville, New Jersey, Monday night to remember Williams.
Former Temple quarterback PJ Walker tweeted his condolences on Monday morning. One of Williams’ former high school coaches says he was not only a great player but also a great person.
“One of those people you could depend on in tough situations. Either way, he was always there for you and very encouraging,” Timber Creek High School assistant coach Amin Muhammad said. “He was one of those people who always greeted you with a hug and a smile regardless of what was going on.”
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Man…….. life is short i can’t believe this news.. RIP Zaire 🙏 #23 My brotha!! 4L ❤️ pic.twitter.com/m0uwltdoqt
— PJ Walker (@pjwalker_5) March 2, 2020
According to Temple’s website, Williams, a running back, played two seasons for the Owls — appearing in a combined 12 games in 2013 and 2014.