Worryingly, it’s kind of becoming the order of the day, as no day passes without a crime or two being committed in the United States of America, and people die from these all the time. If it is not a shooting incident, it is an accident that claims a life. The latest victim of these never-ending crimes is Wes Smith, a TCU Student In Fort Worth, who was said to have been fatally shot and killed by what is described as an unknown man.
Smith, a junior finance major who was shot and killed by an unknown person in the West 7th district, was described by the mayor, Mattie Parker, as “a remarkable young man” who coached her son’s football team.
Wes Smith Death
His death is a painful one for everyone. The family is devastated, as he was such a good boy.
“Early this morning, Wes Smith was shot and killed in a senseless act of gun violence,” Parker said in a written statement. “Wes was a TCU student and a remarkable young man who impacted countless lives, including my own son as a football coach for his middle school team. Our family is praying and grieving for the entire TCU community and especially for Wes’ family and friends.”
In the West 7th district, Parker said city leaders and police “must work diligently together with bar and business owners in the area in the coming days to find additional solutions and continue collaborative efforts to make the area safer.”
According to his LinkedIn page, Smith, a native of Germantown, Tennessee, was enrolled at TCU to study finance and marketing.
“Wes was truly an amazing and loving son, brother, cousin, and friend to so many,” his family said in a statement. “We are heartbroken by his passing and ask for the space to grieve during this terribly difficult time.”
Wes Smith spent his first year on the Division I football squad at TCU. The Horned Frogs offered a prayer before the game on Saturday and observed a minute of silence in his honor. “He was a beloved member of our community, and we grieve with his family and friends,” TCU said in a statement.
Arrest of The Suspect In The Fatal Shooting of The TCU Student
Within minutes of the shooting early on Friday morning on Bledsoe Street, a block off University Drive, police claimed they had taken Matthew Purdy, 21, into custody.
According to an application for an arrest warrant, Purdy admitted to homicide detectives that he approached Wes Smith, 21, outside of a pub and shot him three times, but he was unable to explain why. The police claim that Purdy struck a witness in the head with his revolver when he was trying to flee.
The affidavit noted that Purdy asked the victim if he knew his father, who had been abused in the past in the neighborhood, before allegedly killing him. “Matthew could not provide a clear reason as to why he shot Wes,” the affidavit claimed. The Police were congratulated by Mayor Parker for acting quickly “to prevent more lives from being lost.”
“Despite increased security efforts in the West 7th area, this is a tragic setback,” she said. “The City and [Fort Worth Police Department] must work diligently together with bar and business owners in the area in the coming days to find additional solutions and continue collaborative efforts to make the area safer.”