Alabama Coach’s Son Dies After Tragic Incident When…

The son of Alabama co-offensive coordinator Mike Locksley was shot and killed over the weekend, per WMAR-TV in Baltimore.

Twenty-five-year-old Meiko Locksley was found outside his home in Columbia, Maryland, Sunday night after a gunshot was heard by neighbors.

A woman said it sounded like a firecracker went off and she went outside to investigate. That’s when she found Locksley on the ground bleeding with his head in the grass.

According to police, multiple neighbors called 911 after hearing the gunshot. The Howard County Police then discovered Locksley just outside of his home. He was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he later died.

Neighbor Jody Cole, 20, described the scene.

“I walked into my brother’s room, which is right here, and I looked outside and that’s when I saw all the fire trucks the ambulance and the police taping around my car,” she said.

Police had no additional information about a possible suspect or motive.

Cole was one of the several neighbors who confirmed that illegal and dangerous activity often goes on in the area.

“There’s a lot of stuff going on that we see,” she said, including drugs.

Investigation

Investigators urged anyone with information to call (410) 313-7867 or email HCPDcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov.

Locksley played college football at Lackawanna College in Pennsylvania in 2012 and the program remembered him on Twitter:

During a Monday morning press conference, Alabama coach Nick Saban offered his condolences to the Locksley family.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike, [his wife] Ms. Kia and the entire Locksley family over this tragedy,” Saban said. “We’ll do everything we can to support Mike and his family in this time of tragedy.”

Mike Locksley was promoted this year to co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach after being an offensive analyst last season.

Before that, he had two separate stints with the University of Maryland: He was a recruiting coordinator and running backs coach from 1997 to 2002 and later returned as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2012 to 2015. He also served as Maryland’s interim head coach for six games in 2015.

Locksley was on the sideline when Alabama defeated Florida State to kick off their season Saturday night. The Crimson Tide next plays Fresno State on Saturday, and it’s unknown if Locksley will be with the team for the game.

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