An NFL hopeful used his make-or-break shot to reach the pros to honor a Virginia police officer who was gunned down on her first day on the job.
University of Virginia cornerback Maurice Canady wore a pair of orange cleats decorated with the message: “Officer Guindon 2/27/16 Never Forget” when he ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine on Monday.
Officer Ashley Guindon, 28, was shot dead while investigating a domestic violence incident on Saturday. The accused shooter, Ronald Hamilton, allegedly admitted to the killing, though no motive has been established. Two other officers were injured during the incident and Hamilton’s wife was found dead inside their house.
Canady plans to give one of the cleats to Guindon’s family and will put the other up for auction, according to the University of Virginia Twitter account.
Canady is from Richmond, and his cousin, Alexus, is a police officer in Prince George’s County. Guindon served in Prince William County.
The 6-2, 195-pound Canady ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds, 0.16 seconds behind the leader. NFL.com projects him to have “enough talent to be an NFL backup.”