Family, friends, former NFL teammates say goodbye to Joe McKnight
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Family, friends and former NFL teammates of Joe McKnight are attending his funeral at an Uptown church in New Orleans.
McKnight was gunned down by Ronald Gasser during a road rage incident in Jefferson Parish.
Hundreds showed up for the visitation and hundreds more arrived for the funeral.
Several former New York Jets teammates of McKnight arrived for the funeral.
McKnight, who grew up in Jefferson Parish and played for John Curtis before heading to college and ultimately the NFL, was shot to death in Terrytown almost two weeks ago.
Jefferson Parish authorities say he was involved in a road rage incident on the Crescent City Connection which ended at the intersection of Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard.
McKnight got out of his vehicle and was shot by Ronald Gasser.
McKnight's former teammates, including former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, are stunned over his death.
"There's a brotherhood and camaraderie that we share, so it's tough to lose someone like that, so we just wanted to show our support," Sanchez said.
Former teammate Bart Scott echoed Sanchez.
"We vacationed together, we spent a lot of time together, vacationed, our children played with each other, it's a tough loss," Scott said. "Joe had the ability to make everybody feel he was your best friend."
McKnight leaves behind a young son, his mother, father, stepfather and other relatives.
Gasser is booked with manslaughter in McKnight's death.
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