Eric Patterson, Former Indianapolis Colts and Ball State University Player, Shot to Death in Florida

Former Indianapolis Colts and Ball State University player Eric Patterson was shot to death Saturday in Florida, the Tampa Police Department said.

Patterson, 26, was killed about 5 a.m. in a home in Tampa, Tampa Police spokesman Eddy Durkin said.

The Tampa Bay Times first reported that Patterson had been killed.

According to a Tampa police report, a roommate woke about 5 a.m. to the sounds of a commotion in the house. The roommate went into a living room and saw an unknown suspect fleeing and the shooting victim on his back. The victim died at an area hospital.

Robert Weiner, Patterson’s former coach at Plant High School in Tampa, expressed condolences in a post on Twitter Sunday.

“Sad, heartbreaking time for our Plant Panthers Football Family,” Weiner said. “Eric Patterson will always be a loved Panther. We mourn his passing. Our prayers embrace his family.”

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SOURCE: Indianapolis Star, Vic Ryckaert