The Washington State University community suffered devastating news Wednesday when it was discovered that quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment from an apparent suicide.
According to Fox News and police reports, Hilinski, 21, was found next to a rifle and a suicide note. Authorities grew concerned after he failed to show up for a practice earlier in the day.
The young redshirt sophomore was set to take over as the starting quarterback in the upcoming 2018 season. He had played sparingly behind quarterback Luke Falk but had been in a few key games.
One of them was against Boise State, in which they won 47-44 in triple overtime after coming from behind a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter. In that game, Hilinski threw for 240 years and three touchdowns coming off the bench.
“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler’s passing,” said Washington State head coach Mike Leach in a statement. “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 is from Claremont, California. He attended high school at Upland. He arrived at Washington State in 2015 and was quickly redshirted as a freshman before appearing in four games in 2016.
Reactions from fellow players and fans poured in.
Please pray for the family during this terrible time of loss. In recent news, a hall of famer passed away at 71 after a terrible battle with brain cancer.