Coach Reacts to Player Murdered on Winter Break


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Four people were shot and two died at a party Christmas Eve night in Louisiana. 

One of the victims was an Arkansas Baptist College football player. 

Thaddeus Watis was shot  in St. James Parish just before midnight Monday. 

We reached out to the defensive coordinator for ABC who worked with Thaddeus daily.

He said from the beginning he knew he had a bright future, but it has now been cut short. 

The ABC campus doesn’t have its usual buzz while school is out for the holidays. 

But when the spring semester begins next month, one classmate will remain absent. 

 “It’s just a terrible loss,” Defensive Coordinator Coach Hank Campbell said. 

“He was a loving person, a family guy, happy-go-lucky, his teammates loved him.” 

Coach Campbell worked with Thaddeus daily since the summer. 

“He took care of business in the classroom, he was a phenomenal player and a better human being,” he said. 

Once the news came out of Thaddeus’ death, there was an outpouring of support and love on social media. 

Coach Campbell says what happened was senseless. 

“The different generation right now, it’s about guns and how tough you are and representing this neighborhood and that neighborhood and Thaddeus was never a part of that but it’s just sad to see that,” he said. 

While the campus remains quiet for the next week, for many students and staff there will now always be something missing. 

There is a candlelight vigil happening Wednesday night in Louisiana for the two victims. 

At this time, there are no plans locally. 

The Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana says the do not know the motive behind the shooting and are still looking for the person or people responsible.

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