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Details released in death of former MSU football player C.J. Sirmones

The Lawrence County (Tenn.) Sheriff’s Office released details Wednesday about the death of former Mississippi State tight end C.J. Sirmones.

According to a press release, deputies responded to a shooting in the Five Points community Tuesday night when Yancey Williams, 30, told them he shot Sirmones during an argument.

Sirmones, 36, was dead on the porch of the home when authorities arrived, according to officials. He died from a gunshot wound, the release said.

Williams was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder and is being held at the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department on a $400,000 bond.

Sirmones is the second former Bulldog killed this month. Former receiver Chris Smith was shot and killed in his hometown of Meridian on July 15. He was 26.

Sirmones, a Loretto, Tenn., native, is best remembered by Bulldogs fans for his game-tying touchdown catch in MSU’s 23-20 Egg Bowl victory against Ole Miss in 1999. He finished that season with 10 receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns before transferring prior to the 2000 season.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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