Martayveus Carter, Grand Valley State’s all-time leading rusher, was chasing his NFL dream. Earlier this summer, the running back entered the Supplemental Draft and worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks ago. He was ultimately undrafted in the Supplemental Draft, but continued to pursue his dream. Unfortunately, Carter is now facing a long road to recovery ahead after being shot last weekend.
Carter was at an East Chicago gas station when he and 30-year-old Brian Thomas were shot.
Thomas died from a gunshot wound, while Carter was in critical condition. It has since been reported that Carter has bullet fragments in his spine and is suffering from a degree of paralysis.
“He’s still in the hospital, he’s conscious and they’re weighing surgery and the next options,” head coach Matt Mitchell told MLive. “There’s a mixture of emotions for the coaches and players, too. Sad. Our hearts go out to him and the family. Sorrow. But frustrations, too. That we weren’t collectively, everyone – him, us, everybody – that we weren’t able to finish things the right way.
“There were a lot of sleepless nights before this incident and this is just kind of another layer on top of a lot of frustrations that have gone on. It’s tragic and I’m aware that’s not a word to be used lightly.”
From the report:
According to the report, East Chicago Detective Sgt. Terence Fife said the shooting took place late Saturday night or early Sunday morning at the Fuel Star Gas Station near Kennedy Avenue and 149th Street. A Medico-Legal Death Investigation team was dispatched at 12:58 a.m. to St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, The Times said.
Carter finished his career at Grand Valley State with 3,728 yards and 36 touchdowns in his three years with the program. In 2016, Carter led Division II in rushing and rushing touchdowns and was an All-American.
Our thoughts are with Carter during this incredibly difficult time.