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|07-30-2012, 12:11 PM||#1|
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Titans WR O.J. Murdock killed by self-inflicted gunshot
Tennessee Titans receiver O.J. Murdock died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Monday morning in Tampa police said.
Murdock was found in his car in front of Middleton High School, his alma mater, at 8:30 a.m. ET, according to police . He was transported to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead at 10:43 a.m.
The Titans were aware of Murdock's death and were gathering more information, a team spokesman said.
Murdock did not report to training camp on Friday with the rest of the team, and the Titans placed him on their "did not report" list over the weekend. When asked about Murdock's absence, coach Mike Munchak said it was for "personal reasons."
Murdock was signed by the Titans as an undrafted free agent on July 28, 2011. He spent the entire 2011 season on injured reserve after suffering a right Achilles' injury early in his rookie training camp.
Murdock began his college football career at the University of South Carolina and then went on to Pearl River Community College before spending two seasons at Fort Hays State. He had 1,987 yards and 20 touchdowns in 21 games at Fort Hays State.
As a senior at Middleton High School in Tampa, Murdock caught 57 passes for 927 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was named first team All-County and All-State., and rated as the 10th best receiver in the country. He was a national champion sprinter when he was 14 years old.
He was born Orenthal James Murdock on Feb. 15, 1987.
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