A news release from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Monday reported that, according to police, Sierra’li Wade, a freshman at UAPB, ROTC cadet and student-athlete, died from gunshot wounds she sustained while playing basketball in her hometown of Lake Village.


Members of Student Affairs (UAPB) expressed condolences to Wade’s family.


“This news is truly devastating for our campus community,” said UAPB Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander in a letter to the campus community, “even more so because it occurred as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday.”


Counseling services have been made available to UAPB students that are struggling to handle their grief, the release said. There are no further details at this time.