Sadly, tragedy has struck the Wisconsin Badgers football program.
Monday afternoon, 39-year-old Andre Taylor, the father of UW wide receiver Quintez Cephus, was shot in the head following an argument outside of a Macon, Ga., convenience store. At 3:10 local time Tuesday afternoon, Taylor was pronounced dead.
Cephus did not practice with his teammates Tuesday as he traveled to Georgia to be with his father, who had been on life support since what was described as an “execution-style” shooting. UW paid for his flight back home.
From the Macon Telegraph:
Authorities say at about 12:45 p.m. Monday Stapleton and Taylor argued in the parking lot of the convenience store at 2760 Montpelier Avenue when Taylor started to walk away. Stapleton then shot Taylor in the head with a pistol, the release states.
40-year-old Calvin Stapleton turned himself in to police late Monday night. He was initially charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, criminal street gang activity and probation violation. Bond has been denied, and it’s expected the charges will be upgraded to murder.
A reserve as a true freshman last season, Cephus was expected to challenge for a starting job this season. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the player for his loss.