|Statement from The University
For release: October 1, 2007
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Today we are mourning the loss of Taylor Bradford, a University of Memphis student and member of the 2007 Tiger football team, whose tragic death occurred Sunday evening. The incident happened at approximately 9:45 PM Sunday night near the Carpenter Complex, a residence hall located on Central Avenue near the northeast corner of campus.
Police were called to investigate an automobile wreck on the University campus at Zach Curlin and, upon arriving on the scene, discovered Mr. Bradford had been shot. University Director of Police Services, Bruce Harber, working with Memphis Police Department officers, closed all campus residence halls as a precaution, but quickly determined that the campus was not in imminent danger as witnesses reported that the suspects had fled the scene. Residents were permitted to leave if they chose to do so, but no one was allowed to enter the residence halls unless they were listed as residents.
Classes on the main campus were cancelled for the day, to assist the police in their investigation and to insure the well-being of our students. All advisors and counselors are on hand today to assist any student who may be grieving. They may call 901-678-2068.
While suspect information cannot be released at this time, the initial investigation indicates this was an act directed specifically toward the victim and was not a random act of violence. If anyone has information about this tragedy, please call 901-678-4357 immediately.
Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Taylor Bradford.
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