The man suspected of killing former Mississippi State wide receiver Chris Smith was taken into custody on Monday afternoon.
Meridian (Miss.) Police Department Sgt. Dareall Thompson revealed that Tirale Reed, 25, was arrested in Marietta, Ga., on charges of murder, felony firearm possession and shooting into an occupied dwelling, according to The Clarion-Ledger’s Therese Apel.
Smith, 26, was shot to death in Meridian on Friday night. How exactly the tragedy unfolded remains uncertain. A number of former teammates expressed their grief on social media in the hours following Smith’s death, and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen released a statement over the weekend expressing his and the university’s condolences.
“We are shocked and saddened by the tragic passing of Chris,” the statement read, also via The Clarion-Ledger. “Our entire Mississippi State family mourns his loss. Chris was an important part of our first recruiting class and helped set the foundation for our success. He was a terrific teammate and his work ethic was impeccable.”
Smith, who played for the Bulldogs from 2009-12, made 109 receptions for 1,180 yards and five touchdowns in his college career.