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Former WMU defensive tackle Jamal Williams celebrates his Senior Day on Oct. 26, 2019 at Waldo Stadium with family and coaches. Williams was killed on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in result of a shooting at a hospital in Munster, Indiana.

Former WMU defensive tackle Jamal Williams was killed by a security officer at a hospital in Munster, Indiana, on Tuesday.

NBC Chicago reported that officers were called to Munster Community Hospital at 901 McArthur Blvd., for a report of shots fired and a “physical disturbance between a patient and staff,” according to a statement from Munster police.

ABC 7 Chicago reports Williams, a psychiatric patient, was allegedly beating a nurse when two security officers responded. As the situation progressed, Benny Freeman, one of the officers, fired two shots hitting Williams in the face and the other officer, identified as Ryan Askew, in the arm, killing them both.

Both of the security officers involved were retired police officers.

Williams’ sister said on Twitter that she will “never forgive” Freeman for what happened.

WMU defensive coordinator Lou Esposito shared a quote on the unexpected loss after the news broke.

 WMU football's Twitter account shared a quote from head coach Tim Lester, along with some photos of Williams.

Former WMU wide receiver and current Michigan State receiver Jayden Reed said “check on y’all people” in his reaction to the news on Twitter.

Former WMU running back Jarvion Franklin, Williams’ second cousin, shared the story of how they found out they were related in a Twitter post.

 Another former Bronco, quarterback Zach Terrell, took to Twitter, saying it was a "sad day for all those involved in this unfortunate incident."

Current Cincinnati Bengals cornerback and former Bronco star Darius Phillips said Williams was "one of a kind."

Current WMU football strength and conditioning coach Grant Geib tweeted that he will always remember the joy Williams brought to the room.

Many other friends, family and teammates have expressed their heartbreak at the news of Williams’ death on social media, with WMU running back Ra’Sean Davie saying simply, “I love you bro.”

Williams played for WMU from 2017-2019 after playing at the College of Dupage in 2016. He was 22 years old.

 

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