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Still no leads two months after former Washington WR Reche Caldwell's death

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There are still no leads two months after former Washington wide receiver and six-year NFL veteran Donald "Reche" Caldwell was fatally shot in Tampa, Fla., on June 6. He was 41.

The investigation for Caldwell's murder remains open, Tampa Bay police told Yahoo! Sports. There have been no arrests. Police have yet to even publicly name suspects or persons of interest in the case.

Caldwell's murder was not a "random act," according to TMZ Sports. He was ambushed by people who were hiding in bushes nearby. Yet, investigators have still yet to find any answers two months later, and Caldwell's family and friends want justice.

His mother, Deborah, told Yahoo! that Caldwell meant no harm to anyone.

"Reche got along with everybody. He was just a good guy," Deborah Caldwell said. "Of course, he’s my son and I am going to say that. But everyone said that, too."


When Caldwell was fatally shot, he was outside leaving his house on his way to meet his girlfriend. At the time, he was on FaceTime with his good friend and former Chargers teammate, Tamarick Vanover. 

Vanover said that Caldwell had just shown him a large amount of cash on the screen when the shooting occurred. Vanover was still on the call when Caldwell's phone fell to the floor after he had been shot in both the chest and the leg.

"I didn’t know what was going on at first. I was just standing there, calling [Caldwell’s name]," Vanover said. "His phone was on the ground. But he wasn’t saying anything."

Caldwell was rushed to the hospital, but the injuries were too severe. His last words, according to his mother, were "Tell everybody I love them."

Vanover, too, wants to know what the motive was behind the shooting.

"It makes no sense," Vanover said. "Reche was always trying to keep people uplifted. None of us are angels. But in the long run, nobody deserved to die in such a traumatic way."

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