Ty Jordan, the University of Utah Pac-12 offensive freshman, has died aged 19. He was shot and wounded on his way home to Texas, the school said.
The Denton, Texas Police Department said officers responded to a call to shoot at 10:38 p.m. ET on Friday. Upon arrival, officers discovered Jordan, who had been shot once. Rescue measures at the scene were applied and he was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“As a result of a preliminary investigation, we believe it was an accidental shooting, where the victim accidentally committed suicide,” said Allison Beckwith, public information officer for the Police Department of Denton, at ESPN.
Jordan has 597 yards with six touchdowns in 83 carries in five games for Utah.
“On behalf of all of the University of Utah, our love and condolences to Ty Jordan’s family, friends, teammates and coaches. We are devastated by this heartbreaking news. Watching Ty on the pitch was to be excited about his athleticism and talent. Rest in peace, Ty, ”Utah President Ruth V. Watkins said in a tweeted statement on Saturday.
Utes coach Kyle Whittingham said the team was devastated.
“Ty’s personality and smile was contagious and he had a huge impact on our program during his short time with us,” Whittingham said in a statement. “He leaves an indelible mark on each of us and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. From the bottom of our hearts, all of us in the Utah football family want to say that we love you Ty and rest in peace.
Jordan was part of the All-Pac-12 second team. He was fourth in the Pac-12 in rushing yards and third in rushing yards per game. Jordan was Utah’s first freshman to play three straight 100-yard rushing games since 1995.