In the aftermath of Saturday night's deadly shooting at an Auburn, Ala., apartment complex pool party that left three people dead, more details are surfacing about the two former Auburn Tigers football players whose lives were lost. Current player Eric Mack was also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
From al.com, first on Ladarious Phillips, a 290-pound fullback from Roanoke, Ala., who had left the team in 2011 with plans to transfer to Jacksonville State:
Ladarious Phillips was a fan favorite even before arriving on campus. He was a 290-pound behemoth who was designated as an "athlete" during his recruitment because his skills were so diverse.
Running backs coach Curtis Luper once bragged that the big fellow could dunk a basketball and do flat-footed back flips.
When news of his death reached teammates Saturday night, they reacted with grief and disbelief.
"He was my brother," tweeted lineman Chad Slade, who said he and Christian were roommates as freshmen.