NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A former standout football player was gunned down in Algiers Friday, according to family members.
Tollette 'Tonka' George, 23, was shot and killed near the corner of Lauradale Drive and Vespasian, just before 10 p.m.
Police say that when responding officers arrived, they found a man, who was shot multiple times, laying in the street. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
"He just wanted to play football, he was getting ready to leave, trying to go over seas and play football, but he was just waiting on the NFL and that's what his goal was. He loved football so much, he went back to school and got a degree to become a coach in recreation, so he could stay in football," said Tiffany George, the victim's sister.
His family said after a collegiate career at Alcorn State, he hoped to give back to his community, even as family members urged him to look elsewhere.
"It was already in his heart and in his mind that he was gonna come back here and be a coach. That's what he wanted to do, so it was following his dream to be in this city, that's what killed him, because I tried my best to talk to him, not to come back," said Brannon Getridge, George's Uncle.
Police have not released a motive or suspect in the case, if you have information that can help, contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.