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Reward Offered In WSU Football Player’s Death

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Cortez Smith. (credit: thesouthend.wayne.edu)

Cortez Smith. (credit: thesouthend.wayne.edu)

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Authorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects in the shooting death of a 20-year-old Wayne State University football player outside a downtown Detroit nightclub.

Crime Stoppers of Michigan and city homicide investigators said a $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

Courtney “Cortez” Smith was shot twice during an argument between two groups of men about 11:30 p.m. on May 5 in the club’s parking lot at Larned and Shelby streets. A 25-year-old man was wounded.

Robbie Smith said his son was helping a friend.

Smith was a junior at Wayne State and majored in criminal justice. He played cornerback for the football team and was the Warriors defensive rookie of the year in 2010. He was a 2008 graduate of Cass Tech, where he was also an all-city and all-metro
football player.

If you have any information relating to the crime, you are asked to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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