After Wayde Sims Killer Takes Life, LSU Player’s Mom Won’t Let Death ‘Harden My Heart’ | New
The parents of LSU basketball player Wayde Sims are ready to turn away from the criminal justice system and build on their son’s legacy after his killer was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday.
“There is no moving forward with the loss of a child, but to continue to maneuver life without Wayde, we have to leave this here,” Fay Sims, Wayde’s mother, said outside the courthouse. of the 19th Judicial District after the hearing.
Fay and Wayne Sims sat down with a group of supporters as District Judge Will Jorden sentenced Dyteon Simpson, 23, of Baker. Simpson was convicted of second-degree murder after being accused of shooting Sims during a 2018 street fight just off the Southern University campus. Jorden imposed a mandatory life sentence.
As Thursday’s result was a foregone conclusion, the audience offered Fay Sims the opportunity to speak to Jorden about her 20-year-old son.
“There wouldn’t be enough pen and paper in this world to detail our loss,” Fay Sims said.
Fay Sims opened up about the memories she would never get to experience following the loss of her only child, such as the playful hugs they shared, her wedding or the arrival of grandchildren.
Sims played at University High and then played basketball at LSU for two years. Despite his play on the court, Fay Sims said she wants the Baton Rouge community to remember him as a caring son and friend.
Fay Sims acknowledged the work she and her husband have done to honor their son since his death, including raising funds for an emotional support network for LSU students and establishing the Wayde Sims Foundation. The couple now look forward to continuing this work on Sims’ behalf, she said.
“I refuse to allow my son’s murder to harden my heart and make me a bitter person,” Fay Sims said. “We spread the love of God and the memory of Wayde wherever we go.”
The Wayde Sims Foundation is planning several “surprises” in Baton Rouge in her honor during the day Saturday, Fay Sims said.
Simpson sat quietly and looked forward to the courtroom as Fay Sims testified.
Adriane Hargrove, Simpson’s adopted older sister, told Sims’ family in tearful testimony that she was praying for them.
Simpson “didn’t come from a bad home,” Hargrove said. “He didn’t come from a family that did horrible things on the streets, that hurt people. He came from a loving home, a Christian home. The choices he made were his own. alone.”
Authorities say Simpson shot Sims in the face with a 9mm pistol after Sims intervened in a fight on Harding Boulevard to defend a friend outside a frat party just off Southern’s campus on September 28, 2018 .
Prosecutors called the shooting murder of Sims, while attorneys from the Public Defenders Office representing Simpson had argued it was a justifiable homicide.
Prosecutors presented three videos of the fight and shooting during the trial.
Simpson declined to make a statement before Jorden delivered his sentence.
Jorden noted the pain of losing Sims and the life in prison that awaits Simpson, who is the father of a young daughter.
“As a new dad myself, I can understand…but you have to live with that,” Jorden told Simpson.
Simpson’s attorney told the court he planned to appeal.
After the sentencing, Wayne Sims said he appreciated Simpson’s adoptive sister addressing the court during the hearing and that he hoped Simpson would one day turn to God for forgiveness.
“The kid made a mistake and cost someone their life and (caused) injury and pain,” Wayne Sims said. “Hopefully he can save his soul somewhere down the line.”