OWINGS MILLS – Ravens running back Buck Allen said Thursday that he was still shaken by the Dec. 1 shooting death of his friend, former Jets and Chiefs running back Joe McKnight. Allen went to USC, where McKnight also played college football. While McKnight and Allen never played together, they became friends and spent time socially together.
“It’s just sad that somebody like that is gone,” Allen said following Thursday’s practice. “He was trying to get in back school, get his degree. To see something like that happen really hurt me. I shed tears. I’m not even going to lie.”
McKnight was just 28 years old. He was shot in Terrytown, La., about five miles from New Orleans, by Ronald Gasser, who admitted to police that he was the shooter in an apparent road rage incident. Gasser was initially released after the shooting, but after local authorities received heavy criticism, Gasser was arrested for manslaughter Dec. 5.
“My heart goes out to Joe’s family,” Allen said. “I know it’s hard. If it’s this hard for me, I can’t imagine what his family is going through. He was a great guy, a funny guy. From what I saw, he never looked for trouble. Joe liked seeing people succeed. He liked helping younger guys. Sometimes I still think, ‘This can’t be real.’ That news that was just hard to take.”
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