Former Antioch High star football player Taylor Bradford was fatally shot on Sunday night at the University of Memphis, where he was a player on the football team.
According to the university student newspaper, The Daily Helmsman, Bradford, 21, was shot about 10 p.m. and the school’s campus was put on lock-down by university officials at 4 a.m. Monday morning.
Bradford, a defensive lineman who transferred to Memphis from Samford, was an Antioch star from 2002-2004. He was named all-region and helped lead the Bears to a 9-2 record in 2004. He was also all-state in track in the discus and holds AHS record in the shot put and discus.
The university released a statement this morning indicating that although specific information cannot be released about the shooting, “the initial investigation indicates this was an act directed specifically toward the victim and was not a random act of violence.”
A candlelight vigil honoring Bradford was planned on the University of Memphis campus for 7 p.m. Monday night. A memorial plaque has also been placed on the tree his car hit at the time of his death.
Classes have been canceled at the university to assist police in its investigation.
Antioch area school board member Karen Johnson, who has worked with Bradford’s mother, said she is still in shock about the incident.
“I’m deeply saddened and… everyone I’ve spoken with that have served with [Bradford’s mother] extends their prayers to the family,” Johnson said. “We’ll be there to do whatever is necessary to provide support to the family.”
She said Antioch High School provided grief counselors for students today.
Bradford's brother Vincent, also a graduate of Antioch High School, currently plays football for Kentucky State University.