A football star on track to become a pro player was reportedly shot and killed at his parents’ home in Jacksonville, Florida, this week.
According to reports, Otis Anderson Sr. has been arrested and faces charges related to the shooting death of his son, Otis Anderson Jr.
According to ESPN, the elder Anderson is also accused of shooting and injuring his son’s mother, who has reportedly gotten in the middle of the father-son dispute.
Anderson Jr., who was once a top running back for the University of Central Florida, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a local hospital. He sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the chest while his mother was grazed and has since been released from the hospital.
WPTV reported that the incident allegedly stemmed from an argument over a dog bite Anderson Sr. received from a dog owned by his son’s girlfriend.
Police believe that the dispute escalated to the point that the elder Anderson opened fire on the two victims. He now faces charges of second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder.
UCF quickly released a statement regarding the elite athlete who amassed thousands of yards and scored dozens of touchdowns for the school between 2017 and 2020.
“Tough and gritty, fun and full of laughter”
“We have now confirmed and are devastated to hear of the passing of Otis Anderson Jr.,” the university tweeted. “He was revered by his teammates, our fans, and everyone within Knight Nation. Our deepest condolences go out to everyone who loved Otis. He was taken too soon and will truly be missed.”
The player’s former coach Josh Heupel, who is now at the University of Tennessee, also offered his condolences in a statement on social media.
“Saddened and stunned by the passing of Otis Anderson Jr.,” Heupel tweeted in a tweet. “Tough and gritty, fun and full of laughter, he made such a positive impact on our university, community, and our locker room. He was an unbelievable teammate. My condolences go out to the entire UCF family.”
Despite having been a star on the field at UCF, he had not been drafted by any NFL teams since leaving college.
He did sign a deal with the Los Angeles Rams, however, and that team expressed its grief in a statement, writing: “The Rams are saddened by the tragic and sudden loss of Otis Anderson Jr. He was with us in training camp, preseason, and started the regular season on our practice squad. He was a promising young man with a bright future. Our sincere condolences are with his family during this very difficult time.”