Edmonton Elks wide receiver Christian Saulsberry was shot and killed in Memphis, the team announced Saturday.
Saulsberry had turned 25 on Monday. No other information was given about the incident.
“First and foremost, our hearts go out to his family during this incredibly difficult time,” the Elks said in a statement. “Our condolences are also extended to his friends, including the many teammates and coaches both here in Edmonton and elsewhere, that he impacted throughout his football career.”
The statement from DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office said Saulsberry was pronounced dead on the way to hospital.
Saulsberry, a native of South Haven, Miss., played in eight games for Edmonton in 2022.
“Our hearts are heavy with the news of the passing of a member of our CFL family,” CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement on Twitter. “Christian Saulsberry will be dearly missed by his family, friends, teammates, coaches and loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who knew him, and all those who were inspired by him.”
The five-foot-eight player, known for his speed, was a two-time All Gulf South Conference selection at West Alabama, where he led the team with 1,223 all-purpose yards during his senior season in 2019.
“Christian’s contributions to our football team both on the field and in our locker room were significant during his one season with the Green and Gold,” the Elks said. “His positivity and energy for life will be dearly missed.”