UAB running back Greg Bryant declared brain dead after being shot on FL highway

University of Alabama at Birmingham running back Greg Bryant was declared brain dead Sunday after being shot the previous morning, police said.

Conflicting reports had family members saying Bryant, 21, died Sunday, but Daily Mail Online was unable to confirm this.

According to CBS 12, family members said Bryant ‘did not survive his injuries’ and were making arrangements for his funeral.

West Palm Beach Police spokeswoman Lori Colombino said Bryant was declared brain dead at 1 p.m. Sunday. Her statement added the investigation into the shooting of 21-year-old recruit of the University of Alabama at Birmingham is now classified as a homicide.

Bryant, 21, was found shot in a car around 4.45am Saturday on Interstate 95 in South Florida, police said.

A passenger in the car, 25-year-old Maurice Grover, was hospitalized with minor injuries.

Bryant, who began his career at Notre Dame, and another man were found shot in a car on Interstate 95 early in the morning and were transported to a nearby hospital

Bryant started his career at Notre Dame and spent last season attending ASA College, where he played in only one game.

He was the biggest name in UAB’s first recruiting class since the school restarted the football program.

He spent last season living out of a hotel room in Miami with friends while attending classes at ASA College. Bryant left Notre Dame after one season when he was ruled academically ineligible for the 2015 season.

‘Greg worked extremely hard this spring on the field and in the classroom,’ Clark said in his initial statement. ‘He told me his GPA this semester was the highest he has had in his life, and he was very proud.’

Because UAB won’t play again until the 2017 season, Bryant was allowed to enroll in January 2016 instead of possibly having to wait an extra year to become eligible elsewhere. He could become eligible to compete after spending an academic year at UAB.

‘Coach Clark, he really did me a favor, because I was living in hotels in Miami,’ Bryant told the Associated Press before national signing day in February.

‘He said I could come in as soon as the semester was over. Any other school I would have had to wait another semester and probably be enrolled by December. I just bought into what coach Clark was saying and I got in with a 2.0’ GPA.

He expressed optimism for his future in an April 18 post on his Twitter page: ‘Accomplished way to (sic) much to stop here. Got so much more to accomplish.’

Source: The DailyMail

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