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Eric Patterson death: How did former NFL star die?

Eric Patterson death
Eric Patterson died on June 8. Pic credit: BigCountyPreps / YouTube

UPDATE (6/9/19, 8:00 p.m.) – Police have confirmed that Eric Patterson was shot and killed at his home on Saturday morning at 5:04 a.m.

His roommate came into the living room and saw Patterson on the floor and an unknown suspect standing with the gun. The suspect then ran from the house.

The police also say that the shooting was not random. Patterson was treated by Tampa Fire Rescue and then taken to the hospital where he died.

ORIGINAL: Former NFL cornerback Eric Patterson, Jr., died on Saturday in what is reported to be a shooting.

Patterson, who played for the Indianapolis Colts and was on the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Rams rosters over his career, was 26.

Todd Gurley, the running back for the Los Angeles Rams, posted a tribute to Patterson on Twitter and that brought the questions racing to how Eric Patterson died.

Before his NFL career, Patterson played for the Ball State Cardinals and many of his fans and friends from college took to social media to post their thoughts and send their prayers to Patterson’s family.

Woke up this morning to the worst news. It’s crazy because it DOES NOT seem real. I’m so sad to say RIP to Eric Ep…

Posted by Natalia Boykin on Saturday, June 8, 2019

This is a cold world we live in this is to close to home RIP Eric Ep Patterson the last time I see you we was in the…

Posted by Paul Brown Jr. on Saturday, June 8, 2019

RIP 5 Eric Ep Patterson . Rest up young King don’t gotta hurt no more . Always a legend This world we live in crazy. This game this weekend for you and my grandma 🙏🏽

Posted by Jack Tomlinson on Saturday, June 8, 2019

So, the question remains, what happened to Eric Patterson that led to his death on Saturday?

Rob Connett, a news reporter from 99 WIBC and Network Indiana reported that Patterson was “shot and killed,” although he had no official sources to confirm it yet.

Another Twitter user named Tyra Martin said she was questioned at work about a murder and had no idea it was Eric Patterson.

https://twitter.com/Tyra_Martin/status/1137556165074792448

In the days before his death, Patterson sent out Twitter posts that makes his death even more shocking — and tragic.

Eric Patterson was an undrafted free agent when he signed with the New England Patriots. His only regular season playing time came with the Indianapolis Colts in 2015, where he finished with three tackles.

He then finished his NFL career with a stint on the Rams practice squad and a spot in the preseason with the Cleveland Browns in 2016.

Shawn S. Lealos has been a freelance writer for 25 years, starting with magazines and newspapers before moving to the internet. He has been published... read more
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