UAB Running Back Shot, Declared Brain-Dead

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A University of Alabama, Birmingham running back was declared brain dead Sunday after suffering gunshot wounds the previous day, according to West Palm Beach Police.

Greg Bryant Jr., 21, was found shot in a car around 4:45 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach, according to The Palm Beach Post. Passenger Maurice Grover was also found shot in the car. His injuries, however, are non-life threatening.

Bryant was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where he was declared brain-dead around 1 p.m. Sunday, West Palm Beach Police spokeswoman Lori Colombino said.

Bryant’s family is desperate for answers after his Mother’s Day visit turned deadly.

“We are trying to find answers,” Annette Kelley told WMEC. “Someone is going to have to give us answers because he was just getting ready to go back to college tomorrow. He just came home for the weekend to be with his grandmother and mother, and a coward killed my baby.”

Bryant spent his first two years of NCAA eligibility with Notre Dame, but signed with UAB in November. Coaches had suspended Bryant from the Fighting Irish for not meeting the team’s expectations, the Palm Beach Post reported.

“Just pray, it isn’t over until the big man says so who knows,” Kelley added.

Friends and family have flooded to Twitter to express their grief.

The shooting is still under investigation.