A tragedy that struck the Indiana football program has drawn a response from its head coach.
It was reported Monday that Chris Beaty “was one of two men shot and killed in separate incidents over the weekend as violence erupted in Downtown Indianapolis.” The 38-year-old Beaty was shot multiple times shortly before midnight local time Saturday and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Beaty was a defensive lineman for the Indiana Hoosiers football team from 2000-04.
Monday afternoon, Tom Allen addressed the tragic development.
“I am at a loss for words. The news of the passing of Chris Beaty is just devastating. Since I returned home to coach at Indiana, Chris embraced me, encouraged me and supported me! His passion for life and Indiana Football energized me every time we were together. He was one of our first alumni that displayed his unwavering support for what we are building here at Indiana and how we are building it. I am so heartbroken for his family and he will be deeply missed by all those that were blessed to call him a friend! LEO”
Despite being away from the Indiana football program for nearly two decades, Beaty remained close to it.
HoosierHuddle.com wrote that “Beaty was still actively involved with IU football. He tweeted on April 26th a screenshot of head coach Tom Allen, Mark Deal and several other Indiana football alumni. He thanked Allen for checking in with the former players and said that IU football was in good hands.”
Included was a tweet from Beaty’s personal Twitter account.
Big thanks to @CoachAllenIU for checkin in with the alumni guys last night. The state of @IndianaFootball is in good hands w/ the Big Boss! ⚪️🔴 #AllSmiles #LEO #QuaranTeam #IUFB pic.twitter.com/rVXsYLBtdF
— Chris Beaty (@BeatyzWorld) April 26, 2020