Northwestern State football star Ronnie Caldwell dead at 21 after shooting

 October 14, 2023

Family, friends, and fans of Northwestern State defensive back Ronnie Caldwell were stricken with tragedy last week.

According to Fox News, the 21-year-old college football star died after he was shot and killed in Natchitoches, Louisiana early Thursday morning, police reported.

Police discovered the young player after reports of gunshots were called in.

As a result of the horrific and shocking news, the Saturday game between Northwestern State and Nicholls State was cancelled.

Huge loss

Northwestern State football head coach Brad Laird released a statment on Caldwell's unfortunate death, saying that Caldwell had a "bright future" ahead and that the loss was "tremendous."

The Northwestern State family has suffered a tremendous loss," Laird said. "Ronnie Caldwell was a young man who had a bright future ahead of him on or off the football field. He was our voice in the locker room. When Ronnie spoke, others listened. "

He added, "The respect our football team had for Ronnie was evident. He did not play a snap this year because of an injury, but his voice resonated with every member of our team from the first player to the 115th on our roster."

Laird continued, "Our hearts are broken and ache for Ronnie's family and friends. His loss will be felt here at Northwestern State, in Natchitoches and in his home. We will treasure the time we spent with Ronnie and the memories we made, and we will hold him and his family in our hearts as we attempt to move forward in the days and weeks ahead."

Prior to the 2022 season, Caldwell had transferred from Tyler Junior College.

Tributes pour in

Family and friends not only paid tribute to the young star, but also set up a fundraiser for his family to help them properly lay him to rest.

"Just donated to this young man’s family who is going through an unimaginable tragedy. Please donate Austin family if you can he was one of ours send prayers as well Ronald “Ronnie” Caldwell Jr," another X user wrote.

Caldwell appeared in all 11 games during the 2022 season, and was able to start in 10 of them. Clearly, he will be missed by many.

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