CALGARY, Alberta (WJBK)
Mylan Hicks, Detroit-native and former Michigan State defensive back was killed at a nightclub early Sunday in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He was currently playing for the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL. He was 23.
"Obviously this is an extremely difficult and upsetting time for the players and staff," Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel said in a statement. "It's a terrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mylan's family."
Police said earlier Sunday they were investigating a shooting outside a Calgary nightclub. They said in a statement that the victim, whom they did not identify, was taken to a hospital in life-threatening condition before dying of his injuries.
Hicks, who signed with the Stampeders in May and was on Calgary's practice roster, was born in Detroit and graduated from Renaissance High School. At Michigan State, he recorded a career-high 19 tackles and four pass breakups in nine games during his senior year in 2014. He gaduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.
Hicks signed with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in May 2015 before being released at the end of training camp.
"The loss of this 23-year-old young man at this stage of his life and his career is an unfathomable tragedy," said Ken King, president and CEO of the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation, the Stampeders' parent organization. "Our sympathies to Mylan's family and to the Stampeders family of players, coaches and staff."
Former Calgary teammate Taylor Reed tweeted: "RIP Mylan Hicks. Good fball player, Great Dude. Such a tragedy. You will be missed brother ... ."
Brian Ramsay, executive director of the CFL players' association, said Hicks was just starting to establish himself as a member of the team and was highly regarded.
"Mylan was a respected young man throughout his collegiate and professional careers," Ramsay said in a statement.
The Associated Press Contributed to this report.