Former NFL star, Reche Caldwell, has been shot and killed in a “targeted” robbery at his Florida home
Cops said they found the 41-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound on Saturday in the front yard of the residence in Tampa.
“Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim of a gunshot wound in the front yard of a residence. Officers immediately began providing life-saving measures,” police told TMZ on Sunday.
Local fire crews raced to the scene and rushed the Caldwell to a nearby hospital, where he was tragically pronounced dead.
Officials told the news outlet they believe the former athlete was targeted by thieves.
“This does not appear to be a random act,” cops said.
“However, it is very early in the investigation and detectives are working to develop leads in the case. Updates will be provided as they become available.”
Caldwell was getting ready to take his girlfriend out on a date when he was reportedly attacked by a group of people who tried to rob him at the residence in Tampa.
His mother confirmed the news of his death to TMZ on Sunday.
“He was a good person who smiled all the time,” Deborah Caldwell told the news outlet.
“He tried to help everyone he could. He was the type of guy who would take his shirt off his back and give it to you.”
As he was preparing to head out, Caldwell decided to go back inside his home to grab a jacket.
Moments later, he was “ambushed” by a “couple of people” who jumped out of the bushes trying to rob him, according to his girlfriend.
Police haven’t revealed whether any arrests have been made in connection to the robbery, but are asking the public for help from anyone with information regarding the shooting.
The New England Patriots, Caldwell’s former team, expressed their condolences in a statement shared on Twitter shortly after the news of his death broke.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of former Patriot Reche Caldwell,” the team said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of former Patriot Reche Caldwell.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.