LIBERTY CITY, FL—The NFL was recently struck with tragedy. Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tray Walker, 23, was pronounced dead at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 18, according to his agent, Ron Butler, and the Baltimore Ravens organization.
Walker was riding his Honda motorbike Thursday evening in Liberty City, Florida when he collided with a Ford Escape.
According to the Miami-Dade Police Department, Walker was wearing dark clothing and was not wearing a helmet. His motorbike did not have headlights.
Police said that the driver of the Ford Escape stayed on the scene and fully cooperated with detectives. Walker was treated at the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Coach John Harbaugh said in a statement, “Tray was a young man with a good and kind heart. He was humble and loved everything about being part of the Ravens’ team. He loved his teammates, the practice and the preparation, and that showed every day. He was coachable, did his most to improve and worked to become the best. I’ll never forget that smile. He always seemed to be next to me during the national anthem; then we would give each other a big hug. May he rest in the Peace of Christ Jesus forever.”
The team confirmed on Saturday that they sent three team officials to Miami to offer support and condolences to the family.
A public viewing for Walker is scheduled for March 25 at Miami Northwestern High School. The funeral will take place on March 26 at 1:00 p.m. at Community Missionary Baptist Church in Miami.
Raven’s wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. said of Walker, “A mother lost her son today, and a family lost their brother, including us, his extended family. Tray had a bright future ahead of him outside of football and was a guy who lit up the room with his personality. I will miss seeing him every day and seeing that bright smile he always wore.”