Utah runs behind You are Jordan Is dead, the school announced Saturday.
The Denton (Texas) Police Department told ESPN that its officers responded to a shooting Friday night at 10:38 p.m. Authorities found the victim in a shooting that once killed him. After life-saving measures were used, the victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“Following an initial investigation, we believe it was an accidental shooting where the victim accidentally shot himself,” Allison Beckwith, general information officer for the Denton Police Department, told ESPN.
Rest in Peace, # 22. Always in our hearts.
We love you, Die. pic.twitter.com/ZaXjWKg4Nc
– Utah football (t utta_bootball) December 26, 2020
Police did not identify the victim.
“On behalf of the entire University of Utah, we extend our love and condolences to Die Jordan’s family, friends, team members and coaches. We are devastated by this heartwarming news. Watkins said in a statement tweeted Saturday.
Yuts coach Kyle Whittingham said the team was in for a disaster.
“Dive’s personality and smile were contagious and made a huge impact on our project in the short time he was with us,” Whittingham said in a statement. “He leaves an indelible mark on each of us. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends. From the bottom of our hearts, we all in the Utah football family want to say that we love you and you can rest in peace.”
Jordan, 19, from the Mesquite area of Texas, attended West Mesquite High and was named Freshman of the Year Back-12 Attack after running 597 yards with six touchdowns in 83 games in five games. He was named to the All-Back-12 second team. He finished fourth in Pac-12 in fast yards and third in quick yards per game. Jordan is the first Utah newcomer to have three consecutive 100-yard fast games since 1995.
In November 2019, a photo of Jordan and the opposing high school player went viral. After Sherman High 56-27’s victory over Mesquite West, Sherman’s Cage Smith asked Jordan if they could kneel and pray together. Smith knew Jordan’s mother Tiffany was battling stage 4 lung and bone cancer.
Jordan’s aunt posted photos of the moment on Facebook. “It made me cry,” Tiffany Jordan told Today.com at the time. “[Smith] You don’t have to do that. The fact that he took the time to pray with Dive for me took my breath away. “
Tiffany Jordan died in August, according to a tweet from Die Jordan. She is 43 years old.
Dear Mom, I love you so much, you have shown me how much of a warrior you have been over the last two years. Take care of me and guide me Mom Para Relax in paradise A true soldier! pic.twitter.com/ESoWShaRS9
– Die Jordan ✌🏾 (y_ylfotyt) August 14, 2020
“We are deeply saddened and saddened to learn of the passing of Die Jordan this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who loved him so much, including the youth at our football event,” said Utah AD. Mark Harlon said in a statement Saturday. “Our priority is to support his family and the student-athletes, coaches and staff in our football program. They are in deep pain right now. Coach Whittingham and I have been working closely to provide support and resources to our Utah football family. Time.”