Tragedy struck last week for family and friends of standout former University of Oklahoma defensive lineman Du’Vonta Lampkin, 25, who was found dead after suffering a gunshot wound, the New York Post reports.
According to the report, they found the former college athlete “lying on his back with a single gunshot wound at a rented residence, having been called there after receiving a report that he had stopped answering his phone.”
First responders attempted to revive Lampkin upon arriving to the residence, but they were not able to bring him back. Notably, Lampkin’s backpack, cellphone, and wallet were missing, according to authorities.
Due to the scene discovered by authorities, the Dallas Police Department issued a statement on Friday calling for the public’s help to bring forward any information that could lead to the arrest of a suspect in the former football player’s death.
The statement read, in part, “A preliminary investigation determined when the victim was not answering phone calls, a witness went to check on the victim and found him injured and called for help.
The investigation determined the victim was staying at the location, rented, while waiting to move into a new apartment.”
“The Dallas Police Department is asking for anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact Homicide Detective Josue Rodriguez, #10284, at 214-671-3994 or by email at [email protected] Please reference case #079583-2022,” the statement continued.
The former OU defensive player played for his school from 2015-17, where he played as a defensive tackle. He managed to rack up 13 solo tackles in his final year, along with nine assisted tackles.
While he never played an NFL game and went undrafted in 2018, Lampkin was signed later that year by the Tennessee Titans, but the team waived him prior to the start of that season.
To cap off his football career, Lampkin played a season with the Massachusetts Pirates of the Indoor Football League.
Tributes pour in
The university, through OU’s official football team Twitter account, released a touching statement on the young man’s tragic death.
The OU Football family is deeply saddened by the tragic passing of former player Du’Vonta Lampkin. Du’Vonta was full of life and spirit, was a supportive teammate and a joy to be around. Our sincerest thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with his family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/hV8zEFawmO
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) May 6, 2022
It’s clear that Lampkin was loved and cherished by his family, friends, and teammates, and will be sorely missed.