SoCal Man, Kentucky State University Football Player Shot to Death in Inglewood

Authorities are investigating the death of an Inglewood resident and Kentucky State University football player who was gunned down earlier this week.

Josh Williams, 24, was found with a gunshot wound to the torso around 5:36 p.m. Tuesday, after officers responded to reports of a shooting near the 7900 block of S. Van Ness Street, according to the Inglewood Police Department. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Williams was a linebacker at Oregon State University from 2011 to 2013, and had been a four-star recruit from Salesian High School in Boyle Heights, according to The Oregonian.

Known for his hard-hitting style, Williams transferred to Kentucky State, an NCAA Division II school, and played there in 2014 and 2015.

"KSU Athletics is deeply saddened by the loss of one of its own," said Director of Athletics William Head in a statement on the university's website. "Another senseless act of violence silences a potential voice of leadership."

No suspect information was made available. The shooting was under investigation.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Inglewood Police Department Homicide Section at 310-412-5246 or the 24-hour anonymous hotline at 888-412-7463.

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