Daily Archives: October 1, 2007

College Football News: Tragedy upon University of Memphis

I was checking my yahoo email and I saw this news story:

University of Memphis football player fatally shot, police say; classes canceled Monday

By WOODY BAIRD, Associated Press Writer
October 1, 2007

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A University of Memphis football player was fatally shot on campus in what police believe was a targeted attack, and classes were canceled Monday as a precaution.

Taylor Bradford, 21, apparently was shot near a university housing complex about 9:45 p.m. Sunday and then crashed a car he was driving into a tree a short distance away on campus, officials said.

“We found him with a bullet wound to the body and the ambulance took him to the hospital where he was pronounced (dead),” said Roger Prewitt, a Memphis Police inspector.

Detectives investigating the shooting received reports of gunfire being heard in a parking lot of the housing complex about 200 yards from where Bradford was found, police spokeswoman Monique Martin said.

Homicide detectives were unsure of a motive for the shooting and had no suspects, she said. “That’s all still under investigation,” she said.

University president Shirley Raines said that witnesses told police they saw more than one person leaving the scene who could have been involved.

“This was an act directed specifically toward the victim and it was not a random act of violence,” she said.

Read the rest of the Associated Press piece here.

Here’s a link to the FoxNews story.

From the University of Memphis.

My heart goes out to his teammates.

pic cred: univ of memphis