Ronnie Caldwell, a junior safety on the Northwestern State football team, passed away on Thursday morning. He was only 21 years old.
Caldwell’s death was caused by injuries from being shot several times. The shooting happened at around 1:08 a.m. local time on University Parkway, near Northwestern State University campus. The police tried to save him, but he died from his wounds.
The police are investigating the shooting incident. They have a person of interest, but they have not made any arrests yet.
The Northwestern State Demons have canceled their next game against Nicholls State because of Caldwell’s death. They will decide later about the rest of their football games.
Coach Brad Laird has shared his feelings about Caldwell. He said that Caldwell was a leader in the team and had a bright future. He said, “He was our voice in the locker room. When Ronnie spoke, others listened. The respect our football team had for Ronnie was evident.”
Caldwell started his college football career at Tyler Junior College in 2021. He moved to Northwestern State before the 2022 season, where he played well for the Demons.
He got injured in fall camp in 2023 and could not play, but he stayed involved with the Northwestern State program.
His death is a sad loss for the football community, and he will be remembered for his contributions on and off the field.