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Titans' WR Murdock Dies From Gunshot Wound In Tampa

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O.J. Murdock (Handout Photo from NFL) O.J. Murdock (Handout Photo from NFL)

TAMPA – A Tennessee Titans' wide receiver has died after a shooting incident in front of a Tampa high school.

Tampa police said 25-year-old Orenthal James (O.J.) Murdock was found in his car around 7:30 a.m. CDT Monday in front of Middleton High School with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he died at 9:43 a.m.

According to CBS Sports, Murdock was excused from practice Sunday in Nashville for the second day in a row citing personal reasons.

The Titans signed Orenthal as an undrafted free agent in July 2011, but he was placed on injured reserve for the entire 2011 season after injuring his Achilles heel in rookie training camp.

WTSP in Tampa reported Murdock graduated from Middleton High School in 2005 and started his prep career at Hillsborough High School as a starter on the varsity football team.

He played football with the South Carolina Gamecocks before transferring to Fort Hays State for two seasons.

The Tennessee Titans released a statement on Monday morning:

"We are shocked and saddened to hear of O.J. Murdock's death this morning. In his brief time here, a number of our players, coaches and staff had grown close to O.J., and this is a difficult time for them. He spent the last year battling back from an Achilles injury as he prepared for this year's training camp. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they try to cope with this tragedy."

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