Ladarius Clardy, a backup quarterback for the Kennesaw State Owls football team, was killed in a shooting in Florida on Wednesday, according to the Marietta Daily Journal. He was 18 years old. WEAR TV in Pensacola, Florida said Clardy was found dead with several gunshot wounds early Thursday morning in a car that crashed into a large ditch. A 19-year-old male passenger was hospitalized, and his condition is unknown as of this writing.
Clardy returned to his hometown of Pensacola from Georgia just hours before the shooting. Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons said more than 50 rounds were shot into Clardy’s vehicle, and they are looking for as “many witnesses and video surveillances as we can.”
“Kennesaw State has been made aware of this tragic incident,” Kennesaw State Athletics said in a statement. “We send our deepest condolences and prayers to the loved ones of Ladarius Clardy. We are committed to providing support and resources for our student-athletes and staff during this difficult time.”
In a separate statement, Owls head coach Brian Bohannon said: “We are devastated and heartbroken over the death of Ladarius Clardy. Ladarius was an excellent teammate and left a mark on this program with his positive attitude. He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ladarius’ family at this difficult time.”
Clardy was a rising sophomore at KSU, joining the program in the spring of 2020. He played in two games during the team’s spring 2021 season, recording one carry for seven years in the team’s 35-0 win over Robert Morris. Clardy played high school football at Pine Forest in Pensacola where he accounted for 83 touchdowns and threw for nearly 6,000 yards in three seasons.