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Police: Idaho WR was shot, killed

Ken McRoyal

Following up on a sad story that was confirmed by the school Sunday, it appears that Idaho wide receiver Ken McRoyal was the victim of a shooting over the weekend.

According to the Los Angeles police department, a 22-year-old male was shot in the upper chest and died very early Sunday morning.  While police would not confirm the identity of the victim, McRoyal’s cousin confirmed to CBS2-TV that it was the receiver who was gunned down.

“They took somebody who meant a lot to our family and not only to our family but to a lot, to college football, to this community,” Dominique Blackman told the station. “He’s a Katrina survivor. He’s bigger than that, he’s a father, my friend.”

McRoyal was a New Orleans native who moved to California in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  He was reportedly in LA visiting his girlfriend and one-year-old daughter.

According to police, there was some type of verbal altercation between McRoyal and four other individuals outside of a wrap party following a fashion shoot.  McRoyal was shot in the chest while another man was shot in the arm.  His condition is unknown at the time.

No one has been arrested in the shooting, although police do not believe the shooting was gang-related.

“It’s a devastating loss,” Vandals head coach Robb Akey said in a statement released Sunday afternoon. “We’ve lost a brother, a teammate, a family member. But, more importantly, a momma lost her son today. All of our prayers go to the family – that they can be strong in their healing from this tragedy.”

In his first season with the Vandals after transferring from the El Camino Junior College in California, McRoyal played in eight games and caught six passes for 35 yards.

(Photo credit: Idaho athletics)

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6 Responses to “Police: Idaho WR was shot, killed”
  1. kozbee says: May 14, 2012 10:53 AM

    Wrong place @ the wrong time.

  2. wgnbrn says: May 14, 2012 1:37 PM

    Some of my friends are knew this kid and are devastated about this. He was a good kid and was never in any trouble. Don’t understand why arguments these days end up in someone having to be shot. I hope the find these guys that did this and get them off the streets.

  3. againsville says: May 14, 2012 5:11 PM

    When did thugs start hanging out at fashion shoots?

  4. mhalt99 says: May 14, 2012 11:40 PM

    againsville says:
    May 14, 2012 5:11 PM
    When did thugs start hanging out at fashion shoots?

    Do you really think that over the last 50+ years in New York City there wasn’t a Gambino family member or some other type of “Soprano” there?

    Are you that naive or were you just making a backhanded racial comment?


  5. againsville says: May 15, 2012 12:09 AM

    We’re not talking that era or that type of mob. This is not a race issue at all. What I’m asking is when did groups of kids from south central California start hanging out at fashion shoots? I know you and your politically correct ways are probably getting hung up on words like thugs, but I didn’t specify white or black. You just assumed I was talking about black people. In my mind any group of people that gun someone down should be considered as thugs. You can take your race card and shove it up your ass friend

  6. florida727 says: May 15, 2012 8:16 AM

    Why is it every time a black kid gets shot, somebody turns it into a ‘racial thing’? I don’t care if this kid was freaking green, his mom lost a son, his little girl lost her daddy, and a girlfriend lost her future husband. All because of some stupid argument that put him in the wrong place at the wrong time? This is sad on many levels, and none of them have anything to do with the color of his skin. Please stop playing the race card to justify why things like this happen.

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