Ole Miss sprinter killed

20-year-old Mississippi sprinter Rodney Lockhart was found dead at his apartment Saturday morning with a gunshot wound to his head, near the Ole Miss campus, The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports.

A visitor found Lockhart, a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. 4 x 400 relay team in the 2006 World Junior Championships, lying on the floor unresponsive, after he couldn’t get him to answer the door, according the Daily Journal.

The male visitor called 911, and soon after, the coroner pronounced Lockhart dead on the scene.

“We are deeply saddened by Rodney’s death. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rodney’s family and friends. Our coaches and our student-athletes offer our deepest sympathy,” Joe Walker, a track coach at the University of Mississippi, said in a statement.

Police have made no arrests in either case so far. His death is being investigated as a homicide.
My prayers go out to his family and friends.

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