Former Indianapolis Colts player and Plant High School standout Eric Patterson was shot and killed while relaxing in his Tampa home in the 500 block of West Plaza Place sometime Saturday.
Patterson was a tremendous player during his time at Plant High School and went on to play football at Ball State University before having stints with the St. Louis Rams and the Indianapolis Colts before retiring to his beloved Tampa.
Details are still sketchy at this point, but what is known, is that this shooting does not appear to be a random act of violence.
Patterson was only 26 years old and still had a long bright future ahead of him, but instead, his life was cut short leaving behind two young daughters and numerous heartbroken fans around the Country.
Once news of the death broke, people immediately started showing their public support for his family and their stories of remembrance. The Patterson family this weekend stated that they feel the shooter is a coward, and they not only want answers, but want this person caught.
Plant High School Football Coach Robert Weiner –
Sad, heartbreaking time for our Plant Panthers Football Family. Eric Patterson will always be a loved Panther. We mourn his passing. Our prayers ebrace his family. EP you will never be forgotten. Much love to all our guys. Cherish every moment we have w/ each other.
Former Buc Head Coach Tony Dungy –
“Eric Patterson played at Plant HS with our son Eric. We have heard the story that he was killed but there is no official confirmation and nothing being reported on our news here Our son is distraught but we cannot find any information either.”
Los Angeles Rams Running Back Todd Gurley II simply posted a picture of Patterson with the caption RIP EP along with a praying hands emoji.
— Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) June 8, 2019
We here at Bucs Life News wish to extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to all those who knew Patterson and especially to his two beautiful daughters and the rest of his family as they look to find a way to heal among the senseless violence that took the life of such a promising young man.
**Credit to Tampa Bay News 9 and WISHTV in Indianapolis