Tyler Hilinski was all set to become the official starter of Washington State in the 2018 – 19 season.
But none of this matters now, as the Red – Shirted Sophomore is no more. The 21 year has apparently committed suicide.
According to police in Pullman, WA said that Tyler suffered a self -inflicted gunshot wound to head. The Rifle and Suicide note was found next to his body. Although the reason of suicide is not apparent.
When the player did not show up for team workout on January 16. Police was called to check on Tyler, discovering him dead around 4:30 pm PST.
The WSU Cougar Football team Coach Leach shared his thought for the player.
“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler’s passing. He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it. The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family” – Coach Leach regarding Tyler Hilinski
— WSU Cougar Football (@wsucougfb) January 17, 2018
Tyler Hilinski started on Dec. 29 with the Holiday Bowl against Michigan State. The young lad made his mark playing top level NCAA football and was expected to go places. Just three weeks later the family and friends are planning a funeral.
Brother Ryan took to Twitter to announce the news and ask for blessings.
Please keep my family in your prayers tonight.
— Big Bo (@ryan_hilinski) January 17, 2018
The WSU Interim Athletic Director John Johnson released an official Statement after the news was made public.
‘The tragic news today surrounding Tyler Hilinski is devastating to all. Tyler was a tremendous individual, great friend and teammate, and he will be deeply missed. Our hearts go out to his family and friends,’
‘Earlier tonight, the football team was brought together and informed of the tragedy. There, they were met by campus and department counseling and psychological services, including athletics’ on-staff clinical psychologist and a licensed mental health counselor, along with WSU Athletics medical team. The university will continue to coordinate and provide ongoing counseling care for all student-athletes as long as needed.’
We extend our condolences to the family, friends and the team. If you or anyone you know is hurting and needs help, PLEASE remember you can always call The National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255.