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Ray Lewis' original statement to police
The following is Ray Lewis' initial statement to police. The statement is courtesy of the Fulton County District Attorney's office:

Jan. 31, 2000, 10:22 a.m.

I am Lieutenant M.C. Smith with the Atlanta Homicide Unit. I am speaking with you at (gives address) in Norcross, Georgia. This interview is in connection with a homicide on January 31, 2000, in Atlanta on East Paces Road. You are Mr. Ray Lewis, a possible witness to said homicide.

Q: What happened this morning?

A: I was leaving a nightclub -- Cobalt nightclub. And on my way to my limousine, while on the way, a fight broke out way up past my limousine. We saw it. I grabbed my people, we hopped in my truck. We left. While we were driving off we heard gunshots. We left the scene and that is basically it.

Q: Who was with you?

A: I can't see naming everybody. It was just a bunch of people.

Q: How long have you known this bunch of people?

A: One was my homeboy, the others are just whomever. My homeboy, now that I think about it, was not around. The others were just club people.

Q: Who is your homeboy?

A: Kwame King, 27, of Tallahassee, Florida, but I think he had left with some girls. He is a student at FAMU. Had a morning flight.

Q: Who were the other people?

A: I told you I don't know.

Q: You have no idea who these people are?

A: People from the club.

Q: When was the last time that you saw these people?

A: At the Holiday Inn.

Q: Why did you go to the Holiday Inn?

A: Because we had a flat tire.

Q: Whose head was cut?

A: I don't know.

Q: Did you attempt to help the person with the cut?

A: Not personally, not me.

Q: Did you go in the bathroom at the Holiday Inn?

A: No.

Q: Did you go in the Holiday Inn?

A: Waiting for a cab.

Q: Who called the cab?

A: When I got there, the cab was already pulling up. A.J. Johnson had his head busted.

Q: Describe him.

A: 5'11" light skin, baldheaded, 180 lbs., 26 years old. Black and brown leather outfit.

Q: Where is he from?

A: Baltimore.

Q: How would I find him?

A: I do not know.

Q: How long have you known him?

A: I met him in the club last night.

Q: You've never seen him before?

A: I've seen him around Baltimore, but I've never been in a position to talk to him.

Q: Where?

A: Just out nightclubs whatever.

Q: Who else knows him?

A: Kwame knows him.

Q: Who else was with him?

A: Jaye, from Texas. And her girls. I don't know their names.

Q: Where was she staying?

A: I don't know.

Q: Who all was in the limousine?

A: Jaye, three girls, A.J. Johnson, a couple dudes and me. I do not who they were.

Q: What is Kwame's phone number?

A: (gives phone numbre number)

Q: Where are the clothes that you were wearing last night?

A: Kwame has them.

Q: How did he get them?

A: He was at the room when I left. I told him to take my clothes with him.

Q: How did Kwame get to your hotel?

A: He rode the cab with me.

Q: What was the name of the other people in the limousine?

A: I don't know everybody in the limousine.

Q: I need you to come to the office and look at pictures of the club to see if you can identify these people.

A: I would be glad to do that when I come back.

Q: From where?

A: From Hawaii.

Q: When?

A: I leave from Hawaii on the 7th of February.

Q: Do you understand that two people died last night and you can help identify the suspects?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you understand the urgency of this investigation?

A: Yes.

Q: Will you help us to the best of your ability?

A: Yes.

Q: Will you come and look at pictures to help identify these suspects now?

A: No I will not. I will when I come back from Hawaii.

Q: What are you going to Hawaii for?

A: Pro Bowl.

Q: Spectator or player?

A: Player.

Q: Can you tell me who the other two men in the car were?

A: I don't know.

Q: What did they look like?

A: I don't know. I did not pay attention to them like that.

Q: Can you tell me anything about them?

A: No.

Q: How do you know that A.J. Johnson is the one?

A: I don't. He is the one that came back in with his head busted.

Q: Was anyone else hurt when they got back in the car?

A: No. I have to leave. I will be glad to talk with you when I return with my lawyer.

(The following acknowledgment of the statement was provided, but not signed)

I have read the above statement and I believe it is true and correct to the best of my ability.

Mr. Ray Lewis 

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