Eli Clayton, who goes by the gamer tag “Trueboy,” has been identified as one of the two deceased victims in the mass shooting which took place during a Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday, Aug. 26. The shooting was carried out by 24-year-old David Katz, who died on the scene of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to the EA Sports Gamer Profile, Trueboy was from Woodland Hills, California.
True is consistently one of the best in competitive Madden. He’s a frequent face in EA Majors, but has been the victim of some early exits. This season, True didn’t make it beyond the groups stage of the Classic, didn’t qualify for the Challenge, and was eliminated just one game into the Club Championship. Despite a rough season, True remains one of the best around and can potentially win it all when it’s done.
Trueboy was one of the gamers who was seen on the horrifying video that captured the moments before gunfire broke out.
The video — which surfaced on social media — shows Trueboy playing the game when a red laser flashes across his chest. At that time, the camera cut away and gunshots can be heard ringing out.
WARNING: The content of the video contains disturbing and graphic content.
The moment a gunman apparently opens fire at a Madden tournament in Jacksonville.
Audio could be disturbing to some people. pic.twitter.com/h1O9lWxCTM
— Spoonz (@iSpoonz_) August 26, 2018
The day before the shooting. The 21-year-old Clayton wrote on Twitter that he had won every game by max and was set for the singles which took place on Sunday when the shooting took place. Some unconfirmed reports online indicate Clayton had defeated Katz during the tournament.
2 hours of sleep in 2 days gg pic.twitter.com/4Pau0oP8fx
— True (@True__818) August 24, 2018
One of the saddest notes in the story is that Clayton initially did not plan on attending the tournament in Jacksonville, before ultimately having a change of heart.
Same had a change of heart .. Ima be there ✊🏾 https://t.co/YHTAu2cRgk
— True (@True__818) August 20, 2018
The tournament was taking place at GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville Landing. The tournament was the Southeastern Qualifier for the Madden NFL Championship Series. The game was on XBOX One, with third-place winning $1,000 and the first- and second-place winners being flown to the Finals Qualification event.
RIP Trueboy! One of the 4 victims in the Jacksonville Landing Madden Shooting. pic.twitter.com/j2iSXszFuc
— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) August 26, 2018