Mercer Basketball Player Shot and Killed Outside Convenience Store

Mercer Basketball Player Shot and Killed Outside Convenience Store

The motives and details around senior guard Jibri Bryan's death are still being investigated.

Published February 3, 2016

Mercer is in mourning.

The Telegraph newspaper is reporting that the college basketball team's senior guard, Jibri Bryan, was shot and killed in the parking lot of a downtown Macon, Georgia, convenience store on Tuesday afternoon.

The newspaper says that Bryan, 23, was shot in the head in the driver's seat of a Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

Although motives and details of the shooting aren't clear as of yet, authorities told the Telegraph that the incident was recorded by the convenience store's security cameras and that they may be able to draw good leads from that footage. Authorities also know that the gunman apparently fled in a white 2012 Nissan Sentra.

Bryan was apparently shot at point-blank range.

Bryan, a sixth-year senior, was averaging 7.8 points per game this season, despite a knee injury that kept him sidelined.

"Tonight the Mercer community is grieving the tragic death of graduate student Jibri Bryan, who has been part of the University family for six years," Mercer president William D. Underwood said in a statement, as reported by ESPN. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bryan family."

Mercer coach Bob Hoffman added: "Jibri Bryan was a special young man who was a great contributor to our team and did everything that was asked of him. He was important to us in every way. I loved him and cared about him from the very first time he was on our campus. We grew to be very close over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his special family."

Mercer also received support from the NCAA, which tweeted out a message to join the college in mourning Bryan.

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(Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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