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"Due to the broken heartedness of this football team and the brokenness of our players, we decided just to meet and resume on Sunday," says TSU Football Coach Rod Reed.
Wayne Jones was a freshman walk-on for the Tigers, but it doesn't sound like it would have been too long before he changed that.
"We didn't have a scholarship for defensive back but he and his father were willing to come over here and wait and he was well on his way to doing that," says Reed. "He was a fine young man, a gifted athlete, and he will be sorely missed."
That's how many at Smyrna High feel. The sign outside the school now paying tribute to the one-time Bulldog who starred on the football field, the basketball court and even ran track for Smyrna Track Coach Casey Newsom.
"Most of the people are going to talk about his smile, his personality," says Newsom. "Everything that had nothing to do with his sports ability, and that's what really made him special."
"Wayne was a great player for us," says Smyrna Football Coach Matt Williams. "His Senior year, he was our top defensive back and a standout receiver as well, and teammates loved him and he was a very popular guy around here."
Around Smyrna and TSU, the hope is that a teammate's passing will not only sadden those who knew Wayne, but also inspire them.
"All he wanted was an opportunity to play, and so we are asking them to use that to help inspire them to continue moving forward in a most positive way, as Wayne would have done," says TSU President Dr. Portia Shields.
3 memorials were planned in the wake of the TSU tragedy. The first taking place tonight at Elliott Hall.
Thursday, November 8 2012, 09:48 PM CST
TBI: Women more likely family violence victims
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A new study of domestic violence in Tennessee last year found women were nearly two times more likely to be victimized than men and children were the victims in 16 percent of all family violence cases.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation put out a report this week analyzing crime statistics from law enforcement agencies across the state. Their findings show that nearly 15 percent of all crimes reported were domestic in nature.
The study looked at the relationships between victims and offenders as well as the influence of drugs and alcohol on family violence. The study found that more than 17 percent of family violence involves drugs or alcohol, with alcohol being the most common.
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