Brett Ojiyi, a running back for the Colorado Mesa University Mavericks football team, was shot and killed over the weekend. Colorado Mesa president Tim Foster emailed students about the “tragic accident” which took Ojiyi’s life, according to the Denver Post.
Ojiyi died of a gunshot wound to the chest.
“The entire Colorado Mesa University community is saddened from the news that Brett passed this morning. This tragedy touches all of us in different ways,” Foster said in a statement. “We saw Brett demonstrate toughness and spirit so many times on the football field. He will be missed.”
Ojiyi had rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns during the 2017 season, but had yet to see the field in 2018.
“University officials are organizing response services for students, family and staff including counseling and emotional support options,” the school wrote on Facebook. “Grief professionals from CMU Student Services and Mind Springs Health are among the CMU partners working to address the needs of students, family and coaches facing this tremendous loss.
“Counselors and support services are available to students by appointment at the Student Wellness Center, 1060 Orchard Ave. Those who wish to talk with a counselor may contact the center at 970.644.3740. The university also has crisis support resources available after hours, which can be arranged by contacting on-call services at 970-201-8472. Faculty and staff may access counseling through the Employee Assistance Program by contacting the Human Resources office.”
Ojiyi hailed from Los Angeles, Calif. The program found out about his death prior to Saturday’s game against Chadron State, but they decided to play the game as scheduled before falling to Chadron State, 38-34, to suffer their first loss of the season.