PULLMAN, Wash.—Many people took to social media to express their thoughts after a Washington State University quarterback committed suicide Tuesday.
The Pullman Police Department reported that Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment Tuesday afternoon.
WSU interim athletic director John Johnson said in a statement that the football team assembled Monday night to be given the news of Hilinski’s passing.
Governor Jay Inslee posted his condolences to his Facebook page Wednesday morning. He posted, "Trudi and I are holding Tyler Hilinski's family, friends and the WSU community in our hearts today. Tyler was a talented young individual, and I know so many are devastated by his passing."
Former Washington State linebackers coach Roy Manning tweeted, “"Words can't describe what I'm feeling right now. My heart is beyond saddened. Please pray for the family and all of us affected!"
Son of longtime NFL QB and former Wazzu star Drew Bledsoe, and fellow quarterback John Bledsoe tweeted, "God, let Tyler find peace. Everyone please pray for the Hilinski family tonight. Heaven received a very special person."
PLEASE READ!! I didn’t know Tyler well but he was a great friend and mentor to my son. That’s all a dad can ask for. As men we have to learn to TALK about how we are feeling. Suicide is the #2 killer of men between 18-45!! Reaching out for help when we need it is NOT a sign of weakness. Trusting your friends and asking for help is the ultimate sign of STRENGTH!! If we sprain an ankle we go see a doctor. If we’re struggling emotionally we have to learn to treat it the same way. It’s our obligation to the people we love and the people who love us.
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Many teammates also expressed their grief on social media.