On Tuesday night, tragic news emerged out of Washington State University. 21-year-old athlete Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment from what is being reported as a suicide.
Suspicion began to arise when the young athlete did not show up for practice on Tuesday afternoon. Later, he was discovered in his apartment next to a rifle and a suicide note with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Head coach Mike Leach said, “We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler’s passing. He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it. The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
Hilinski was the quarterback for Washington State University football. He had a bright future ahead as he was set to become the starting QB for the 2018 season.
Interim athletic director John Johnson said, "The tragic news today surrounding Tyler Hilinski is devastating to all. Tyler was a tremendous individual, great friend and teammate, and he will be deeply missed. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. Earlier tonight, the football team was brought together and informed of the tragedy. There, they were met by campus and department counseling and psychological services, including athletics' on-staff clinical psychologist and a licensed mental health counselor, along with WSU Athletics medical team. The university will continue to coordinate and provide ongoing counseling care for all student-athletes as long as needed.''
The circumstances surrounding the young man's death were tragic. Many people that knew Hilinski said that he was always cheerful and outgoing and that they never saw signs of depression. Now, fans, friends, and family members are speaking out about depression and awareness on social media.
Please be praying for the young man's family, friends, teammates, and classmates during this shocking time. In situations like these, we can pray for peace and comfort to surround his loved ones. Additionally, please be praying for the family of the hall of famer who just passed away after his battle with brain cancer.