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BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU basketball player Wayde Sims died after he was shot during a fight involving several men early Friday near the campus of another university in his hometown of Baton Rouge.

Sims, 20, was shot around 12:25 a.m. and died from his wounds at a hospital, Baton Rouge police Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. said.

The shooting happened near Southern University's A.W. Mumford Stadium, where homecoming festivities are taking place this weekend.

Police have begun circulating a video of a fight among several men in a street which they believe led to the shooting of Sims. Police did not identify Sims in the video, but Coppola said police are primarily interested in identifying a man seen wearing red pants with a white stripe.

LSU basketball coach Will Wade, speaking alongside Athletic Director Joe Alleva at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Friday morning, said the team is "devastated" and "in shock."

Wade described Sims as the "team jokester" who was always smiling and, as one of the few players with a car, would happily shepherd teammates around town on errands or to show off the city where he grew up.

"Everybody on the team loved him," Wade said.

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