18-year-old athlete preparing to play college football killed just hours after graduation KDFW-TV Screen Shot

LeDajrick Cox had an amazing future.

He was off-the-charts popular at Dallas’ Carter High School. He was named Prom King, Homecoming King, as well as most popular, best looking and best all-around in his class, according to KDFW-TV.  He was an exceptional athlete who played wide receiver on the football team and had signed to play football at Navarro College.  He also recorded six first-place finishes and three personal records during the 2017 season track season, when he ran anchor for the school’s 4×200 relay, according to

All of that promise died Monday when Cox was shot and killed trying to protect a friend. KDFW gives this version:

Cox and four friends were out celebrating their graduation, which occurred just hours earlier, and stopped at a convenience store about 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning in Irving, Tx. While there, three men in a white Kia Optima started cat calling one of his friends, a young woman, as she left the store. Cox and the other young men in the vehicle tried to diffuse the situation, and drove away.

But the Optima followed, and in a drive-by shooting, pumped bullets into the car. Cox was hit in the head, and died later at a local hospital. Two of the other male occupants were also hit, but survived.

“He just wanted to do the right thing, wanted to achieve, just tried so hard,” his father, Reginald Henry told KDFW. “You know, he was my only son. That was it. … It’s just over. It feels like a part of me is just hurt.”

He also said:

Irving police released a photo of a person of interest in the case, and asked for the community’s help.


Ray Marcano About the author:
Ray grew up in the Bronx, New York, so no surprise --- he's a lifelong New York Yankee fan. He's suffered through the last 40 years of bad New York hoops (he's a Knicks fan) and gets occasional giggles from the Rangers (NHL finals last year!).  In addition to his ...Read more
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