Former USC Star Joe McKnight Shot and Killed in New Orleans

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Here’s some sad news out of New Orleans today: former NFL runningback and USC standout Joe McKnight was senselessly shot to death after a road rage incident. spoke to a witness who said she saw McKnight trying to apologize to another man before things escalated:

A witness, who declined to give her name, said she was leaving a store in the area when she saw a man at the intersection yelling at another man, who was trying to apologize. The man who was yelling shot the other man more than once, she said.

She said the shooter shot the man, stood over him and said “I told you don’t you f— with me.” Then he fired again, she said.

A man named Ronald Gasser is in police custody for the shooting:

JPSO: 54 year old Ronald Gasser in custody for shooting death of Joe McKnight, former John Curtis, USC and NY Jets player.

— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker6) December 1, 2016

McKnight played four seasons in the NFL (three with the Jets), but was best known for being billed as the “next Reggie Bush” during his USC tenure.

The social media responses from fellow NFL players and McKnight’s former teams:


— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) December 1, 2016

RIP my brother Joe McKnight this one hurts bad

— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) December 1, 2016

#FightOnForever Joe McKnight.

The former USC running back was shot and killed today in Louisiana.

— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) December 1, 2016

Rest in peace, Joe McKnight.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his loved ones.

— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 1, 2016

We’re saddened by the tragic death of Joe McKnight and extend our deepest condolences to Joe’s family, friends and the Riders organization

— Edmonton Eskimos (@EdmontonEsks) December 1, 2016

Everybody in the world wanted to be @ReggieBush , us in New Orleans wanted to run the ball like Joe McKnight.

— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) December 1, 2016

Damn…just reading the news about Joe McKnight! Just senseless violence man, great teammate & sense of humor. Rest in power….

— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) December 1, 2016

Just got a message saying my former teammate Joe McKnight was killed today. This hurt to the heart. I can't stop crying. #RestInPeace

— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) December 1, 2016

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