Former IU Football Player Shot in Indianapolis Violence

Former IU Football Player Shot in Indianapolis Violence

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Chris Beaty, who played football for IU, was shot and killed during the violence in downtown Indianapolis over the weekend that started as a protest over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis.

According to police reports, Beaty, 38, suffered multiple gunshot wounds in a shooting reported shortly before midnight on Saturday at Talbot and Vermont streets.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Beaty was one of two people killed that night in downtown Indianapolis in separate incidents.

Indianapolis police confirmed Sunday that one arrest has been made in connection to the fatal shootings, but officials did not say which shooting the suspect was involved in.

Indiana football coach Tom Allen released on a statement on Beaty Monday morning. It read:

“I am at a loss for words. The news of the passing of Chris Beaty is just devastating. Since I returned home to coach at Indiana, Chris embraced me, encouraged me, and supported me! His passion for life and Indiana football energized me every time we were together.

“He was one of our first alumni that displayed his unwavering support for what we are building here at Indiana and how we are building it. I am so heartbroken for his family and he will be deeply missed by all those that were blessed to call him a friend. #LEO”