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Warrick Dunn emotional after Baton Rouge police killings

Former Bucs and Florida State running back Warrick Dunn, a native of Baton Rouge, La., was having a difficult time dealing with the police shootings in his hometown.

Dunn's mother, a Baton Rouge police officer, was shot and killed when he was an 18-year-old senior in high school.

"I'm obviously emotional," Dunn, 41, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Three Baton Rouge police officers were killed Sunday and three were injured when police answered a report of a man with an assault rifle and were met by gunfire. The shooter also was killed.

In 1993, Dunn's mother, Betty Smothers, was killed when she was escorting a grocer to make a deposit at a bank.

Later Sunday, Dunn issued a lengthy statement in which he voiced support for police and his hometown, and talked about his mother and how her death has affected him: "If I could have any effect, I'd ask the community to stop the violence, to cool down and to come together to figure this out. We have to work together to make something positive come from yet another tragedy in my hometown."

Dunn, who also played for the Falcons, lives in Atlanta, where he is a minority owner of the NFL team and runs Warrick Dunn Charities, which provides homes for single mothers.

Warrick Dunn emotional after Baton Rouge police killings 07/17/16 [Last modified: Sunday, July 17, 2016 11:56pm]
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