University of Idaho wide receiver killed in Los Angeles shooting

University of Idaho wide receiver killed in Los Angeles shooting

University of Idaho wide receiver Ken McRoyal was shot and killed early Sunday morning at a house party in Los Angeles.

According to Los Angeles ABC affiliate KABC, McRoyal was in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood at the Brewery Lofts near Dodger Stadium, when he was shot and killed around 1:30 a.m.

McRoyal and another man were rushed to a hospital, but McRoyal died. The other injured man is listed in stable condition.

No Suspects have been arrested in the shooting.

According to a status update on McRoyal’s Facebook page on Friday, he was in Los Angeles to visit his 2-year-old daughter and for a Memorial Day barbeque.

McRoyal was a freshman wide receiver for the Vandals. In his first season, he played in eight games and caught six passes for 35 yards.

The University of Idaho Athletics Department released this statement at 10 a.m. Sunday:

University of Idaho senior football player Ken McRoyal was killed early Sunday morning in California. Details of his death are not available.

McRoyal joined the Vandals last fall as a walk-on receiver after transferring from El Camino Junior College. He had earned a scholarship for the coming school year.

“It’s a devastating loss,” 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.”

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Kenny,” Director of Athletics Rob Spear said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

McRoyal caught six passes for 35 yards in eight games during the 2011 season. He was a native of New Orleans, La., and moved with his family to California after the Hurricane Katrina disaster.