Idaho football player killed in California

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

University of Idaho wide receiver Ken McRoyal died early Sunday morning in California.

Details of his death were not released by the school, but KXLY in Spokane is reporting that McRoyal was shot and killed at a party at the Brewery Lofts in Los Angeles' Lincoln Heights neighborhood.

The Los Angeles Times reported that a second man was shot in the same incident. The Times did not name McRoyal.

On Friday, McRoyal wrote on his Facebook page that he was "Back to Cali to spend time with my daughter, Memorial day BBQ with my family, and work out 24/7."

McRoyal tweeted from his Twitter account (@ItsMe8Six) early Sunday morning that he was in Los Angeles.

"It's a devastating loss," coach Robb Akey said. "We've lost a brother, a teammate, a family member. But, more importantly, a momma lost her son today. All of our prayers go to the family – that they can be strong in their healing from this tragedy."

McRoyal joined the Vandals as a walk-on in 2011 from El Camino Junior College. A senior-to-be from New Orleans who moved to California after Hurricane Katrina, McRoyal played in eight games last year, including one start, and caught six passes for 35 yards. He had earned a scholarship for the 2012 season.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Kenny," Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

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Its always sad news when someone

dies at a very young age....

Prayers and thoughts goes out to the family and friends....

There seems to be

a strong correlation between student death and the University of Idaho.

The Feds or someone needs to look into that

there is something seriously

there is something seriously wrong with you.

insensitive comment...

come on man...show some class.

Why

why can't I flag you dumb comment. REALLY?

a constant reminder

that life is short and none of us know the number of our days. At the end of the day, rivalries aside, we are all human. This is tough news. I'm with Ugly on this one.

RIP Ken. You will be missed.

RIP Ken. You will be missed.

Prayers...

and best wishes to Ken's family.

It sucks to lose

someone so young, even tougher when you have a connection. My heart goes out to Ken's family and my thoughts are with all Vandals today.

Death really does need to take a holiday...Rest In Peace Ken

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Kens family

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and with his football family.

§ Condolences to Ken's family,

friends, teammates, and all who knew him. Every day is precious.

That stated, joebob911 has committed an offense worthy of being banned. Pure crass.

Please keep that out of the thread and just flag, contact IS...

per TOS, if that's what you wish. Thank you.

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Condolences

So very sad and made even worse, if could be, by being on mother's day.

Classy comment by Coack Akey...

Condolences to his family and friends.

I am not a fan of Coach

I am not a fan of Coach Akey, but you're right that it was a classy comment.

I join in your condolences to the young man's family and friends.

Please excuse the typo

For some reason, I can't open the comment to edit.

Once someone

"reply's" to your comment, you can no longer edit the comment.

§ We seldom worry

about tfunk's "reply's".

As with many of us, his posts and "replies" sometimes contain typos.

Tanks for

having my back razor :)

§ A little "heat"

is all. And ... you don't get all of it. We're heading to 90 and it's time to hit balls.

Thanks for the tanks. Dumn near missed that.

Since when?

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It you go online and yell FAQ YOU TOO

You are cut off at the well son.