March 01, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) A Duquesne University football player who also played for the University of Florida has killed himself.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office in Pittsburgh says 22-year-old Chris Johnson died Friday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Johnson was found in a car in Churchill, just east of Pittsburgh. The medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.

Johnson was a senior defensive back from Ocala, Florida. He transferred from Florida to Duquesne in 2013. In two seasons with the Duquesne University Dukes he made 104 tackles, had two interceptions and forced two fumbles.

Duquesne football coach Jerry Schmitt says everyone associated with the university's football program is ''deeply saddened'' by Johnson's suicide. He says Johnson ''was a passionate football player who was also a great teammate'' and was loved by many.

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