Joe McKnight, whose final NFL game was with the Chiefs and his most memorable, was fatally shot on Thursday in Terrytown, La., outside New Orleans.
McKnight was shot around 3 p.m. during an argument at an intersection, a witness told the Times-Picayune and NOLA.com.
The witness told the newspaper she saw one man yelling at another. McKnight was “trying to apologize” but the man yelling then shot him multiple times.
McKnight, a running back, joined the Chiefs in 2014 after spending his first three NFL seasons with the Jets.
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In the team’s third game, a 34-15 victory at Miami, McKnight caught two touchdown passes from Alex Smith. Those were the only two non-return touchdowns of McKnight’s NFL career.
McKnight played that day because Jamaal Charles was inactive because of a high ankle sprain. McKnight tore an Achilles tendon in the Chiefs’ next practice and was done for the rest of the season. His NFL career was over.
McKnight, who was a high school star in River Ridge, La., and played at Southern California, resumed his pro career in Canadian Football League this season.