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Idaho receiver passes away

The Vandal was a senior-to-be from New Orleans. Dave Miller

Print This May 13, 2012, 01:25 PM EST

University of Idaho wide receiver Ken McRoyal has passed away, according to athletic director Rob Spear.

McRoyal was shot and killed in Los Angeles early Sunday morning after he and a friend had gone to a party where gunshots broke out. A witness who found McRoyal and dialed 911 said he was still alive when the ambulance came. He later died at the hospital.

The senior-to-be from New Orleans played in eight games for the Vandals last season, catching six passes for 35 yards, after transferring from El Camino Junior College.

The school's athletic website did not list an age for McRoyal.

"It's a devastating loss," head coach Robb Akey said. "We've lost a brother, a teammate, a family member. But, more importantly, a momma lost her son today. All of our prayers go to the family — that they can be strong in their healing from this tragedy."

The National Football Post sends its sincerest condolences to McRoyal's family and friends.

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