$10K Reward Offered In Shooting That Killed KSU QB, More Than 50 Shots Fired At Car

Investigators in Florida are now offering a $10,000 reward for information that will help lead to the person who gunned down a Kennesaw State University quarterback.

In a released statement, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said it hopes the reward will encourage someone to come forward and identify the suspects in the death of Ladarius Clardy. The 18-year-old who played in two games for Georgia’s Kennesaw State University last year was set to return for his sophomore season before he was tragically shot to death as he drove in Pensacola.

“Someone fired over 50 rounds into the car, most of them into the car, the driver’s door,” Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons said.

The 6-foot, 170-pound KSU backup quarterback was killed some hours after arriving in town to pick up a friend, who was also shot.

The sheriff’s office previously released the names of three men wanted for questioning, as they mentioned 20-year-old Taziah Dekal McHenry, 19-year-old Melvin Douglas Hester III and 19-year-old Nicholas Joseph Wells may have information about Clardy’s death, but did not specify how they are believed to be connected to the case.

“We are devastated and heartbroken over the death of Ladarius Clardy,” KSU head football coach Brian Bohannon said in a statement released by the university. “Ladarius was an excellent teammate and left a mark on this program with his positive attitude. He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ladarius’ family at this difficult time.”

Clardy was majoring in cybersecurity at Kennesaw in suburban Atlanta and had dreams of one day playing in the NFL.

“He had plans to play at the next level after college or go into his degree,” LaDaron Clardy said. “He had dreams to open up different types of businesses that I plan to keep on and keep his legacy going.”