First reported on Twitter by GoPowercat.com's Brett Regan and now, according to KSHB Channel 41 in Kansas City, confirmed by Cleveland police: former Wildcat cornerback David Garrett was killed last night in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.
Details are still minimal at this point, but according to WEWS Channel 5 in Cleveland, Garrett was shot in the chest on Cleveland's west side. He was taken to MetroHealth Medican Center, but emergency personnel were unable to save him. (One Twitter feed of a former high school classmate of Garrett's had erroneously claimed he was shot and killed at The Bank, a fairly new nightclub in downtown Cleveland. However, this information was incorrect; according to one of the co-owners of The Bank who spoke with Bring on the Cats Saturday afternoon, Garrett was at the club Saturday night but no incident occurred at the club.) Police are investigating the incident as a homicide but no further details are available yet, including whether any suspects have been identified.
Garrett, a 2007 graduate of Harvey High School in the Cleveland suburb of Painesville, spent a year at Fort Scott Community College before arriving in Manhattan. He took over as a starter midway through the 2009 season and never relinquished the position. Garrett's career highlights included a 16-tackle performance against Colorado in 2010, helping him to lead the Wildcats with 92 on the year and earning an honorable mention nod on the Big 12's All-Conference team. As a senior, he added kick returning to his resume, and returned an interception for a touchdown against Kent State. Garrett again earned honorable mention following the 2011 season.
Further details will be released as they become available. We offer our condolences to the Garrett family and to all of EMAW Nation.
(Ed. Note: This story was updated after a brief interview with a co-owner of the club where the shooting was alleged to have occurred.)