Mercer Bears Guard Jibri Bryan Dies After Being Shot in the Head


The Mercer basketball program is mourning the loss of one of its players. Bears guard Jibri Bryan died Tuesday after being shot in the head with a pistol in Macon, Ga.

“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 University president William D. Underwood said in a statement released Tuesday night. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bryan family.”

Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said the 23-year-old Bryan was found in the driver’s seat of a Monte Carlo parked at a convenience store. Another man was critically wounded as well. Davis said the “callous” murder took place in “broad, open daylight.”

“First and foremost, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Bryans,” Mercer athletic director Jim Cole said. “The Mercer athletic family is deeply saddened by Jibri’s passing. Jibri was always cheerful and greeted everyone in the department with a smile. He will not only be missed by his basketball family but by all of us in the University Athletic Department.”

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SOURCE: Sporting News, Steven Gaither