NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches Police responded to a call around 1:45 Saturday morning in the 600 block of Old Tyler Road; in front of Harlan's Bar-Be-Que.
"I got the call about two o'clock this morning and it said Michael Motte has been shot three times and I just dropped the phone," said one of Motte's friends, D. Henry.
Henry went to the hospital after he heard police had rushed his friend there. He said the waiting room was full.
"I've seen him draw a whole bunch of crowds, you know what I'm saying, but I never wanted to see this crowd," Henry said.
Motte's friend said he was president of his fraternity, a college student, and a star athlete.
Henry smiled, "If you [are] on the SFA campus and you don't know Michael Motte, then you must be hiding under a rock somewhere."
He said Motte had two kids of his own, but he was also the big brother one sixth grader never had.
"He really like inspired me, now, like, he's gone," said Motte's "Little Brother" Duntavian Thomas.
Thomas said Motte mentored him and was always just a phone call away. His last conversation with Motte was only weeks ago.
"He was like don't get in trouble over the summer, be good, things like that, and work on my football skills," Thomas said.
Thomas said he won't take the Fullback's number out of his phone and will keep practicing his football moves. However, unanswered questions remain.
"Why? That's what I would ask him. Why? Why? Whatever it was it couldn't have been that bad," Henry wondered.
He doesn't personally know 20-year-old Nickevette Carey, the man charged with capital murder, but he's heard about him.
Henry said, "He was pretty much always quiet, to himself, so I'm still at a loss of words. I'm just trying to figure out how these two individuals crossed in such a manner that Michael Motte came up dead," and nagging questions don't change reality.
"What I'm going to miss most about him? The drive he had, determination, I see in his eyes, you know, you could hang around him and be inspired to do better yourself," said Henry.
To his fans and close friends, Number 38 was one-of-a-kind.
"I promise you, there will never be another Michael Motte," Henry smiled.
Nacogdoches Police said the case is an ongoing investigation.
Funeral arrangements for Michael Motte are pending.