Former Central Florida Knights Knight Defender Otis Anderson Jr. was reportedly shot and killed late Monday night at his parents’ home.
Anderson Jr. was only 23 years old and was briefly in the NFL. The young player was killed by his father, Otis Anderson Sr., in Jacksonville, Florida.
Otis Anderson Jr. killed by his father
According to a report of the arrest released by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, the duo of father and son quarreled over a dog bite, which then turned into an ugly fight. Otis Anderson Jr.’s mother, Denise Anderson, told police that his son and husband had to be separated after a shouting scene. Police later said the father went to the garage and later confronted his son in the kitchen. When the officers returned, Anderson Jr. was shot in the chest. The young athlete was pronounced dead in the hospital.
The report also states that Anderson Sr. quarreled with Denise. She was hospitalized with multiple wounds, but was later discharged.
Meanwhile, Anderson Sr. is charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. He appeared before a judge, who found a probable reason for the charges.
Namely, Denise works for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, which issued a statement after the incident:
“The men and women from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office join me in mourning with the Anderson family as they face last night’s incredible tragedy,” Sheriff Mike Williams said. “While the investigation continues, we encourage everyone to keep their families in your prayers as they go through this very difficult time.”
Former coach Anderson Jr. Josh Heupel posted a statement on Twitter. wrote:
“Saddened and stunned by the departure of Otis Anderson Jr. Heavy and sharp, fun and full of laughter, he made such a positive impact on our university, community and our locker room. He was an amazing teammate. My condolences to the entire UCF family.”
At UCF from 2017 to 2020, Anderson Jr. ran 2,182 yards and 17 touchdowns, while he caught 91 passes for 1,025 yards and nine touchdowns.
UCF issued a statement on the death of Otis Anderson Jr.
“We have now confirmed and are disappointed when we heard about the death of Otis Anderson Jr. He was respected by his teammates, our fans and everyone at Knight Nation. We extend our deepest condolences to all who loved Otis. He was taken away too soon and he will really miss him “, it is stated in the announcement.
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Anderson Jr. spent a brief period at the Los Angeles Rams this season after leaving UCF. According to CBS Sports, spent a training camp with the Rams after being left without a draft in the 2021 NFL Draft, but was excluded from the training team in September.