Houston is the latest college football program to be hit with a tragedy involving a current or former player.
Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle has reported that Earl Foster (pictured, right) was killed in an East Houston shooting Tuesday night. According to the report, Foster was found dead outside of a gas station.
Duarte also wrote that “[a] female companion was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.”
The shooting reportedly happened somewhere other than the gas station. “The vehicle arrived at the gas station and asked for help,” the report stated.
As of this posting, no arrests have been made. The shooting remains under investigation by the Houston Police Department.
Foster, a three-star prospect coming out of Lamar High School in Houston, was a safety for the Houston football team from 2012-15. He appeared in 49 games for the Cougars. All of his action came in a reserve role or on special teams.
The Houston football program expressed sadness over Foster’s death.
We are saddened by the passing of former Houston letterman Earl Foster. Our thoughts and prayers are with Earl's family and friends during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/XcUsO29Pi8
— Houston Football (@UHCougarFB) April 2, 2020
Craig Naivar, who was Foster’s position coach in 2015, posted on Twitter his sadness over the development.
“The relationships & bonds built thru competition, the grind & fellowship last forever,” the new USC safeties coach wrote. Very saddened today to hear of the loss of one of our brothers. Please keep Earl & his family close you your hearts, in your thoughts & prayers, Love you buddy.”
The relationships & bonds built thru competition, the grind & fellowship last forever. Very saddened today to hear of the loss of one of our brothers. Please keep Earl & his family close you your hearts, in your thoughts & prayers, Love you buddy pic.twitter.com/hvk1J2w2Y1
— Craig Naivar (@Coach_Naivar) April 1, 2020