Friday, March 31, 2023

W&M football player shot, killed in Norfolk, police say

Nate Evans (WYDaily Photo/ Courtesy of the College of William & Mary)
Nathan A. Evans (WYDaily/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.

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.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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