A University of Utah superstar football player, freshman Ty Jordan was shot and killed Saturday morning in Texas at the age of 19, in what police believe was an accidental shooting Christmas night.
The university confirmed Jordan’s death.
The 2020 “ PAC 12 Offensive Freshman Player of the Year “ reportedly passed away in an ‘accidental shooting’ while in Texas. The details of that shooting, and if it really was an accident, have not yet been published.
Days after rushing for 154 yards and three touchdowns in Utah’s season finale against Washington State, he was spending the holidays in his native North Texas.
@truebuzz FB reported Ty Jordan’s death news, tweeting, “All my boys need prayer right now. We lost our brother, friend, and teammates. Lord wrap your hands around his family and friends all over the world. We are going to miss that smile Ty. Go lay on Moma’s shoulders for eternity. Forever #buzzgang “
A Woman First Reports Ty Jordan Shot and Killed
The woman who first opened up that Ty Jordan was shot to death stated she was his cousin. She said on Facebook: “Please keep my family in your prayers. My Lil Cousin Ty Jordan was shot and killed.”
Leilani Buckley-Awadjihe also added: “We are so used to hearing his name celebrated for Utah Utes football lately but jealousy….Someone jealous of that spotlight took it away. Although he is in his mother’s arms this is so hurtful to our family. Please pray for their strength and comfort. This is going to be so hard. Someone ruined their holiday. Pray for Utah Utes also.”
As we are informed details are incredibly scarce and unknown yet. Outside of the reactions from his teammate, there’s not much information about the heartbreaking incident.
In these kinds of news, it’s crucial to wait for updates and not speculate. Don’t jump to conclusions. Information will often be immediately updated.
Ty Jordan’s Death: Suicide or Accidental Shooting?
Authorities report the victim shot himself in the hip with a handgun. That would certainly suggest it was accidental, however, police would offer no additional information at this time.
The Denton (Texas) Police Department told that officials responded to a call at 10:38 p.m. ET Friday who reported a gunshot victim. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities believe the shooting was accidental but there is still a possibility of suicide.
“Following a preliminary investigation, we do believe that this was an accidental shooting, where the victim accidentally shot himself,” Denton Police Department public information officer Allison Beckwith claimed. It is believed the gun was accidentally discharged by the victim.”
Utah Athletic Director Mark Harlan said the community was in mourning. “We are deeply saddened and shocked to learn of Ty Jordan’s passing early this morning, and our thoughts and prayers are with those who loved him dearly, including the young men in our football program,”
Harlan said in a statement. “Our priority is on supporting his family and the student athletes, coaches and staff in our football program who are so deeply hurting right now. Coach Whittingham and I are working closely to provide support and resources for our Utah football family in this extremely difficult time.”
Originally published at https://usdaynews.com on December 26, 2020.