A promising teenage athlete was found dead in his car last week after 50 bullets were fired into his vehicle.
Ladarius Clardy, 18, a Kennesaw State University student, was pulled from his car after it crashed down and embankment in the Florida Panhandle on July 1.
He died on the scene, and a 19-year-old passenger was taken to hospital.
No arrests have been made, but Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has tracked down three men detectives want to speak to.
A black 2014 Ford Fusion which they believe was used in the murder has been seized.
Ladarius Clardy, 18, was found dead in his car on Thursday night in Pensacola, Florida, with 50 bullets in the car door. Sheriffs are hunting for anyone involved but no arrests have been made
Sheriff Chip W. Simmons said that most of the 50 rounds struck the driver’s door. ‘The injuries that Ladarius Clardy suffered ultimately took his life,’ he said
Sheriffs believe that this black 2014 Ford Fusion was used in the shooting of Clardy
Sheriff Chip W. Simmons said that most of the 50 rounds struck the driver’s door.
‘The injuries that Ladarius Clardy suffered ultimately took his life,’ he said.
‘This case cannot go unsolved. There’s a family that’s grieving, there’s a community that’s grieving. There are individuals within this Sheriff’s Office that are grieving. This is one of our children in Escambia County.’
Clardy was majoring in cyber science at Kennesaw State University
His father LaDaron Clardy, told WKRG News 5 on Tuesday that his ambitious, dedicated son called him every day.
He said his son was ‘my everything’.
‘He was a great individual. A great kid with a great personality,’ he said.
‘A lot of people see the sports side but Ladarius — he’d always keep A/B honor roll. He was an A/B honor roll student through school the whole time, including college.
‘We talked every morning, whether I called him or he called me — whether it was a text message or a FaceTime — just to motivate each other.
‘Just the small things; the simple things. He was my everything. He was more than a son.’
Ladarius Clardy, or LD for short, was majoring in cyber security at Kennesaw State and planned to start his own businesses, his father said.
‘He had plans to play at the next level after college or go into his degree,’ the father said.
‘He had dreams to open up different types of businesses that I plan to keep on and keep his legacy going.’
Tributes are paid to Clardy, known in the local community as LD
Clardy was remembered as someone who was ‘humble’ and not ‘for the streets’
Clardy was a backup quarterback for KSU and had arrived in town just hours before he died, Fox5 reported.
‘He had just left my house, well, my auntie’s house because she lives next door,’ said Jada Floyd, a family friend.
‘And I was just talking to him and I was telling him about my birthday celebration on Tuesday. And he’s like ‘I’m gonna be there for sure if I can.’
She said the entire community was grieving.
‘Prayer can get us through,’ she told Fox5.
‘This really broke the city. Everybody, a lot of people in the city loved LD. He was a star.’
Clardy is seen sitting in his car. The 18-year-old had arrived back in Pensacola shortly before he was shot and killed
Clardy made a name for himself in Pensacola as a honor student and playing football for his hometown team at Pine Forest High School before signing to the Kennesaw State Owls in 2019.
‘Football has always been important to him,’ Floyd added.
‘He was humble. He stayed to himself. He wasn’t for the streets.’
KSU head football coach Brian Bohannon said the team is ‘devastated and heartbroken’ over the teen’s death.
‘Ladarius was an excellent teammate and left a mark on this program with his positive attitude,’ he said.
‘He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ladarius’ family at this difficult time.’
The sheriff’s office said a $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and indictment in the case.