(KMOV.com) – A 20-year military veteran was killed near the intersection of Hall Street and Adelaide Thursday.
Donnie White, 52, died after someone fired shots at the car he was in Thursday. Police do not believe he was the intended target.
“Certainly at some point the violence has to end. It’s got to end. Too many good people are dying,” said De Smet football coach Pat Mahoney.
Mahoney got to know White through his son Donnie White, Jr, who played football at De Smet.
“He is one the best men I’ve known since I started coaching. He sacrificed for his family, always there on time, made sure Donnie had everything he needed,” Mahoney said. “You talk about American heroes. He raised two kids, lost his wife to cancer a few years ago, and then serves his country. It’s just a disgrace.”
White, Jr now plays college football the University of New Mexico. New Mexico’s head coach issued a statement Friday saying, “Our Lobo football family suffered a tragic loss yesterday as Donnie White, Sr. was the victim of a senseless murder in St. Louis.”
White spent six years at the US Army Reserve Center on Goodfellow Boulevard as a part of the Active National Guard Reserve Program. He retired from the military in 2007.
Mahoney sent a text to White, Jr Friday.
“I just told him ‘your dad is one of the best men I ever knew, and God bless, we’ll pray.”