By JOEL COLEMAN
Former Mississippi State tight end C.J. Sirmones Jr. was shot and killed Tuesday night in Tennessee.
According to a release from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, officers were dispatched to a scene where, upon arrival, deputies encountered Yancey Williams who stated he had shot Sirmones during an argument.
Sirmones was then found deceased due to a fatal gunshot wound.
Williams was arrested and charged with second degree murder. He is being held at the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department under a $400,000 secure bond.
Sirmones is best known by Mississippi State fans for his role in the 1999 Egg Bowl. Down 20-6, the Bulldogs scored a touchdown to pull within seven points. Late in the fourth quarter, quarterback Wayne Madkin hit Sirmones with a touchdown pass that set the stage for MSU’s eventual 23-20 win over rival Ole Miss.
Sirmones transferred from Mississippi State following the 1999 season. That year, Sirmones played in all 12 games and started five. Sirmones caught just 10 passes during the campaign, but many came in the clutch. Four of his receptions came in a game against Auburn to help MSU earn a come-from-behind, 18-16 win.
Sirmones played his prep career at Loretto High School. Loretto is located in Franklin County, near the location of Sirmones’ murder.
Sirmones is the second former Bulldog to be shot and killed in the last two weeks. Former wide receiver Chris Smith was killed in Meridian on July 15.
The suspect in Smith’s shooting, Tirale Reed, was taken into custody in Marietta, Georgia. He was slated to be brought back to Mississippi last week where he faces charges of murder, felony possession of a firearm and shooting into an occupied dwelling.