Trabis Ward’s grandmother Doris DeBerry has been struggling to come to terms with her grandson’s death. The 31-year-old was gunned down and robbed outside of a liquor store on Saturday in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida.

WPLG reported that the father of three was well known in the area after playing football at Dillard High School and becoming a star running back at Tennessee State. The former athlete went on to sign with the St. Louis Rams in 2013.

When Broward County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene if the shooting, they found Ward unresponsive and lying on the ground of the parking lot of J&L Liquors. He was taken to Broward Health Medical Center where he was declared dead.

Ward was reportedly shot and stripped of his jewelry outside of the liquor store. Although the Sheriff’s office suspects that the crowd of people who were at the scene of the crime witnessed the shooting, no one has come forward to share information.

DeBerry was disappointed that witnesses have not tried to help detectives find the person responsible for Ward’s death.

“Shame on you — you’ve had time to call the authorities and tell them who it was,” DeBerry said.

DeBerry revealed that she had a close relationship with Ward and that it was just one of the many things she will miss about her grandson.

“His smile, his beautiful smile, his laugh, and that big hug when he wraps it around me and he’s taller than me and I’m looking up at him and he called me ‘Old lady, hey old lady,’” she shared.

Police are still searching for the shooter and are asking witnesses to contact detectives or Broward Crime Stoppers with any information. There is currently a $3,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the shooter.

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