Another College Shooting, This time at the University of Memphis … Football Player Shot


Classes are canceled for Monday after a fatal shooting overnight at the University of Memphis. What is becoming to be an all to often occurrence. What is going on in our college campuses?

Classes were canceled on the main campus of the University of Memphis Monday after a fatal shooting there Sunday night.

University officials said a student was shot in the chest while in the vicinity of the Carpenter Complex around 9:45 p.m. Sunday.  The student drove to the intersection of Zach Curlin and Central, where he was involved in a single car automobile accident.

The student was taken to The MED, where he was pronounced dead. (WMC-TV)

 University of Memphis Football Player Fatally Shot

Taylor Bradford, 21, of Nashville was shot in the chest and pronounced dead a short time later at the Regional Medical Center. The school newspaper, the Daily Helmsman, identified the victim.

The man had apparently walked out of the dormitory where he lived and was in his car when the shooting occurred. The car ran into a tree a short distance from the campus.

Posted October 1, 2007 by
Crime, Education, Murder | 4 comments

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    4 Responses to “Another College Shooting, This time at the University of Memphis … Football Player Shot”

    1. brenda on October 1st, 2007 10:00 am

      How terrible. So many people I know were either working at VA Tech “that day”, responding officers, or had kids who attended (at least a dozen of my co-workers raced to Tech to locate their kids only to find they could not get near it).

      I will never be glad the tragedy occurred, but am VERY glad it caused such an awareness to how serious these situations are, and the fact communication to the students, faculty, and staff cannot be ignored for even a minute!

      My son still plans to attend Tech and cannot wait to be part of the marching band. We only live 12 miles away, so he won’t need to live on campus which I am glad for…so is he.


    2. Michelle on October 2nd, 2007 9:13 pm

      I have lived in Memphis since 1995. I graduated from the University of Memphis. I can tell you that there were many nights that I had to study at the library and didn’t leave until near closing. I was scared to death to walk across campus alone….and typically took to running to my car. Lighting has gotten better over the years but it can still be scary at night. Last week Memphis received the distinction of being the top of the FBI’s most dangerous cities. I can tell you that we have anywhere from 3 to 5 murders and or shootings DAILY. My heart goes out to this young man’s family (it is reported that they were already in Memphis for the football game tonight against Marshall). I hope this senseless murder wakes up local, state and federal officials and some kind of action comes about. We need help here!

    3. brenda on October 3rd, 2007 11:00 am

      I agree, America needs help. Too many law protecting the criminals and not the victims.

    4. Greg D on March 8th, 2008 10:18 am

      I live in middle tennessee and it is obvious we have problems on our campuses..As I understand it Memphis is a big problem area. I hope they wise up and get security for the kids pronto

      Greg D

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