The school announced on Saturday that Utah, who ran back to Tai Jordan, had died.
The Denton (Texas) Police Department told ESPN that its officials responded to a shooting at 10:38 PM Eastern Time on Friday. The police found a victim who was shot. After taking life-saving measures, the victim was taken to a local hospital and was pronounced dead.
Allison Beckwith, a press officer at the Denton Police Department, told ESPN: “After preliminary investigations, we do believe that this was an accidental shooting, and the victim accidentally shot himself.”
Rest in peace, #22. Always in our hearts.
We love you, Tai. pic.twitter.com/ZaXjWKg4Nc
-Utah Football (@Utah_Football) December 26, 2020
The police did not find the victim.
“On behalf of the entire University of Utah, our love and condolences to Ty Jordan’s family, friends, teammates and coaches. We are shocked by this shocking news. To watch Tyler’s game on the court, it will be due to his Excited by athleticism and talent. Rest in peace, Ty”
Utes coach Kyle Whittingham said the team was destroyed.
Whittingham said in a statement on Saturday: “Ty’s personality and smile are contagious. He has had a huge impact on our plans during the short time he has been with us.” “He is on each of us. Left an indelible mark, our thoughts and prayers were passed on to his family and friends. From the bottom of our hearts, all of us in the Utah football family want to say that we love you, Thai, and wish you Rest in peace. Peace.”
19-year-old Jordan is a freshman from Mesquite, Texas. He attended High Mesquite High and ran for 597 yards in five games. He made 6 touchdowns in 83 appearances, earning his annual Pac-12 offensive freshman. He was selected to the All-Pac-12 second team. In each game, he ranked fourth on the Pac-12 and third in the rankings. Since 1995, Jordan is the first Utah freshman to score three consecutive 100-yard sprints.
In November 2019, photos of an opposition player from Jordan and West Mesquite High School were all the rage. After Sherman High defeated Mesquite West High 56-27, Gage Smith of Sherman asked Jordan if they could kneel Pray down. Smith learned that Jordan’s mother, Tiffany, was battling stage 4 lung and bone cancer.
Jordan’s aunt posted the photo at the time to Facebook. Tiffany Smith told Today.com at the time: “It makes me cry.” “(Smith) doesn’t have to do that. In fact, he took the time to pray for me with Ty, which made me hold my breath.”
According to a tweet by Ty Jordan, Tiffany Jordan died in August. She was 43 years old.
Dear mother, I love you so much, in the past few years, you have shown me that you are a warrior. Guard me, guide my mother 💔💔 to rest a real soldier in heaven! pic.twitter.com/ESoWShaRS9
-Ty Jordan✌🏾 (@_ylfotyt) August 14, 2020
Utah Governor Mark Harlan said in a statement on Saturday: “We are very sad and shocked to learn that Ty Jordan passed away early this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who love him deeply, including in our football plan. Like young people.” “Our priority is to support his family and the student athletes, coaches and staff in our football program who are currently suffering serious injuries. Coach Whittingham and I are working closely together for our Utah The state football family provides support and resources to solve this extremely difficult problem time.”