Hampton Basketball Player Killed In Gun Accident

Theo Smalling, the popular senior team captain of the Hampton University men’s basketball team, was killed early Saturday in what police are calling an accidental shooting in a nightclub parking lot.

Theo Smalling

The 22-year-old was shot in the abdomen after another man, 21-year-old Dominique Devon Smith, mishandled a pistol, said police, who have charged Smith with reckless handling of a firearm.

There’s a countdown clock on the front page of Hampton’s basketball web site which shows 17 days and a handful of minutes remaining until the Pirates being their season, Nov. 14 at LaSalle. Running next to the clock is the university release on Smalling’s death; a sad juxtaposition which serves as a reminder of just how fragile life can be. Even if you’re 22. Read more…