Former NFL player, Donald “Reche” Caldwell was killed in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, June 6 after being shot during an attempted robbery.
According to TMZ, who spoke with Reche’s mom, Deborah Caldwell, Donald was headed on a date with his girlfriend before going back inside to get his jacket. That’s when he was was “ambushed” by a “couple of people” who tried to rob him. During the assault, he was shot in the head and the leg.
Reche, a wide receiver for six seasons from 2002- 2008, played for San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots and Washington Redskins.
Tom Brady, former quarterback of the New England Patriots, paid tribute to the wide receiver on his Instagram story with two posts. One shared a photo of Reche in a San Diego Chargers uniform, with a simple “RIP” written. The second showed Reche as a New England Patriot in an embrace with Tom on the field. The words, “All love RIP” were written across the photo.
Head coach of the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick, also shared his prayers. “I am saddened to hear the news about Reche. He is remembered for his solid contributions to our team. My thoughts and prayers are with Reche’s family,” Belichick said in a statement.
The NFL and many other teammates and colleagues shared their own tributes for Reche with a posts on social media.
“We mourn the passing of six-year NFL veteran WR Reche Caldwell. Rest in peace,” they wrote.
Reche Caldwell was 41 years old.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Caldwell family.
We mourn the passing of six-year NFL veteran WR Reche Caldwell.
Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/pEBuXxFKNY
— NFL (@NFL) June 7, 2020