Willie Simmons, Florida A&M
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The son of Florida A&M head coach Willie Simmons is recovering after being reportedly shot near Bragg Memorial Stadium over-the-weekend, according to a report.

The Tallahassee Democrat on Sunday reported that a person later identified as Simmons’ son had been wounded in the 1900 block Perry Street just after 3 a.m. near FAMU’s football stadium.

The circumstances surrounding what led to the incident have not been disclosed. The Tallahassee Police Department said Simmons’ son “is expected to recover.”

The shooting comes on the heels of Simmons himself pledging to be an active advocate to address gun violence in Tallahassee.

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“Our family has been vocal advocates against gun violence in our community and unfortunately the issue has now impacted us on an even more personal level,” Simmons told the Democrat. “We appreciate your prayers and ask that you give our family time to support our son as he recovers from his injuries.

“We as a community must work together to ensure that other families do not have to endure the senseless trauma of gun violence to we now face.”


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