ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A star high school football player from Florida who had signed up to play for the University of Louisville was fatally shot late Saturday, Orlando police said.READ MORE: Ribs RnB Music Festival Kicks Off This Weekend In Downtown Detroit
Dexter Rentz Jr. tied a state record in 2017 when he intercepted five passes in a single game while playing as a sophomore at Ocoee High School, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Police said the high school senior was among four people hit by gunfire, and the only fatality, in a crime called into authorities shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday.
An outpouring of grief on social media paid tribute to Rentz, who was looking forward to becoming a Louisville Cardinal as a wide receiver.READ MORE: Judge Says Michigan Gov. Whitmer Won't Have To Testify In Abortion Lawsuit
Louisville’s head football coach, Scott Satterfield, lamented his death in a statement Sunday that described Rentz as “a great young man who had a contagious personality.”
When he announced some of his new recruits in February, Cardinals assistant coach Gunter Brewer called Rentz “a great kid” whom he looked forward to coaching, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Rentz had signed with the Kentucky school last June, the paper said, citing a radio interview in which he said his goal in his final year of high school was to grow as a leader and help “the young guys see that there’s more to it than football.”
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