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University Of Utah Star Running Back Dies On Christmas Day After Accidentally Shooting Himself

The University of Utah is mourning the loss of their star freshman running back.

19 year-old Ty Jordan died after accidentally shooting himself, according to authorities in his home state of Texas.

Police officers had responded about an hour earlier to reports of a shooting at a home in Downtown Dallas. Upon arriving, they found Jordan bleeding from the hip. Initially, Jordan’s name was not revealed. It was the online case records from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office that revealed it was Jordan. A Denton police spokesperson revealed that Jordan died in the hospital from his injuries.

Ty died around 10:45 PM on Christmas day, according to the medical examiners records.

Following a preliminary investigation by the Denton police department, Jordan’s death is being handled as an accident. Jordan's cause of death is listed as a “gunshot wound of abdomen" in the records.

Jordan’s teammates and coaches are taking this loss very hard - some took to social media to post heartwarming messages acknowledging Jordan's passing.

His former high school coach told Dallas Morning news that he wants everyone to remember Jordan for his smile: “ “his smile was infectious and his spirit shined bright on everyone that knew him.”

Jordan was on his way to do major things, and was already receiving big accolades for his sports achievements. He was named Pac-12’s newcomer of the year, in addition to having a very impressive season. He finished the season with 597 yards rushing, 11 catches for 126 yards and six touchdowns.

Jordan got his first taste of superstardom, when an image he posted went viral on social media. The image was of Jordan and Sherman High School player Gage Smith kneeling together and praying on the field. The moment came together when Smith asked Jordan if the two friends could say a prayer together for Jordan's mother, Tiffany Jordan, who has stage 4 lung and bone cancer.

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