UAB running back Greg Bryant has been declared brain dead after being shot early Saturday in Miami, reports Israel Balders of CBS 12 in Palm Beach.
The West Palm Beach police department has now classified its investigation as a homicide case.
West Palm Beach police told AL.com on Saturday evening that Bryant remained alive as of 4 p.m. ET. The UAB program released a statement announcing Bryant’s death on Saturday afternoon, which the school later confirmed was premature to Lauren Walsh of ABC 33/40 in Birmingham.
Bryant, who began his career at Notre Dame, and another man were found shot in a car on Interstate 95 early in the morning and were transported to a nearby hospital, police told the Palm Beach Post. Bryant spent Saturday receiving treatment in critical condition. The passenger, Maurice Grover, sustained minor injuries.
UAB’s original statement regarding Bryant’s condition included the following:
“We lost a member of our Blazer Family today with the senseless passing of Greg Bryant,” Clark said. "We were so excited to recruit Greg, welcome him to Birmingham and to UAB Football, and get to know him over the past several months. Greg was a very special talent and young man. He always had a smile on his face.
“While he was with us for a short time - too short - he was a big part of an exciting and historical time for our program and will always be a Blazer,” Clark said. “Greg worked extremely hard this spring on the field and in the classroom. He told me his GPA this semester was the highest he has had in his life, and he was very proud. The light really went on for him here, and he had a bright future ahead of him. We in the UAB community are all deeply saddened, and we are praying for Greg and his family. He and his family deserved much better than this, and we are heartbroken.”
Bryant was a highly rated high school recruit in the class of 2013, and was ruled academically ineligible at Notre Dame last year. He enrolled at ASA Miami for a semester before landing at UAB this spring.