17-year-old Lancaster High senior, Wyoming football recruit fatally shot near Love Field, Dallas police say

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A 17-year-old Lancaster High senior and Wyoming football recruit was fatally shot and another person was wounded early Sunday at a Hawthorn Suites hotel in the Stemmons Corridor, Dallas police say.

Tony Evans Jr. and another person were shot about 1:30 a.m. in a room at the hotel at 7900 Brookriver Drive, about three miles from Dallas Love Field Airport.

Both victims were taken to a hospital, where Evans was pronounced dead. The other victim, whom police did not identify, was in stable condition.

Friends said Evans was raised in Lancaster, and he had just signed a national letter of intent in February to play football at the University of Wyoming. Last season at Lancaster High, as a senior, he had 13 catches for 268 yards and four touchdowns.

Rodney Hudson, 18, said he was friends with Evans for years but hadn’t talked to him in about a month. He remembered talking to Evans about football during one of their last conversations.

“He wanted everything to work out,” Hudson said. “And he was going to have a breakout season. That’s what he did. Whatever he told me he did.”

Hudson said Evans was funny and outgoing and especially kind-hearted and genuine.

“There was nothing fake about him, he’s real,” he said. “Even though he was playful, he’s real. That love that he showed is real. I just want people to know that.”

No one had been taken into custody for the shootings and police have not released details about what led to them.

Investigators have asked anyone with information about the case to contact Detective Kim Mayfield at 214-671-3646 or kimberly.mayfield@dallascityhall.com and refer to case #061917-2021.

Crime Stoppers has offered a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the case. Tips, which can be offered anonymously, may be provided at 214-373-TIPS.

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