Tennessee Titans wide-receiver OJ Murdock committed suicide Monday morning outside his old high school. Murdock died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, according to police.
Police received reports of a gunshot which brought them to Middleton High School about 8:30 a.m. where they found Murdock inside his car. He was transported to a Tampa-area hospital, but died at 10:43 a.m. from the fatal gunshot wound, according to Fox Sports.
Police will investigate, but they are calling it an apparent suicide due to the scene where they found Murdock along with the firearm. His family has been notified and they are working with law enforcement as they try to determine Murdock’s reason for killing himself.
NBC Sports reports that Murdock was only 25 years-old. He began his football career in college in South Carolina where he played for two years. Kenny McKinley, a Denver Broncos wide receiver who committed suicide in 2010, was Murdock’s roomate in college.
Murdock spent last season on “injured reserved” due to an Achilles tendon injury. He didn’t report to training camp last week due to personal issues. His full name was Orenthal James Murdock.
The Titan’s team released a statement today:
“We are shocked and saddened to hear of O.J. Murdock’s death this morning, In his brief time here, a number of our players, coaches and staff had grown close to O.J., and this is a difficult time for them. . . . Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they try to cope with this tragedy.”
Reference: Fox Sports