Greg Bryant: “UAB running back” declared brain dead after shooting

Greg Bryant: UAB running back declared brain dead after shooting
Greg Bryant: UAB running back declared brain dead after shooting

Greg Bryant Jr. has passed away, his family confirmed to CBS 12 reporter Lynda Figueredo Sunday afternoon. Greg Bryant Jr. was shot in an incident on I-95 in Florida Friday night and was in critical condition after being transported to the hospital.

According to spokeswoman Lori Colombino, the 21-year-old was shot at 4:45 a.m. Saturday while he was driving south on Interstate 95 between Forest Hill and Southern boulevards.

He was taken to the hospital in critical condition and at 1 p.m. Sunday was declared brain dead. Maurice Glover, a passenger in Greg Bryant’s car, was also shot but had minor injuries.

The shooting remains under investigation as a homicide, police said.

Investigators are seeking witnesses to the shooting. His family says Greg Bryant was heading back home from Sugar Daddy’s when he was shot in the head, according to Sun Sentinel news partner WPEC-Ch.12.

“I heard a car followed him and rolled up on the side of him and started shooting,” Bryant’s step-grandfather Sam Kelly told WPEC.

“Someone is going to have to give us answers because he was just getting ready to go back to college … He just came home for the weekend to be with his grandmother and mother, and a coward killed my baby,” Bryant’s grandmother Annette Kelley told WPEC.

Greg Bryant was a five-star football recruit at American Heritage. He went on to play at Notre Dame, but transferred to UAB to be a part of their first recruiting class since restarting the football program.

He spent last season living out of a hotel room in Miami with friends while attending classes at ASA College, playing in only one game. Greg Bryant left Notre Dame after one season when he was ruled academically ineligible for the 2015 season.

Because UAB won’t play again until the 2017 season, Greg Bryant was allowed to enroll in January 2016 instead of possibly having to wait an extra year to get eligible elsewhere. He could become eligible to compete after spending an academic year at UAB.

“Coach Clark, he really did me a favor, because I was living in hotels in Miami,” Bryant told The Associated Press before national signing day in February. “He said I could come in as soon as the semester was over. Any other school I would have had to wait another semester and probably be enrolled by December. I just bought into what coach Clark was saying and I got in with a 2.0” GPA.