Hilinski's teammates and coaches expressed their heartbreak after hearing of his passing.
Tyler Hilinski's teammates and coaches expressed their shock, disbelief and heartbreak after news broke that the Washington State quarterback died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Coach Mike Leach, interim athletic director John Johnson
Wide receiver Isaiah Johnson-Mack
RIP Klink !!! 🙏🏽👼🏻😢— Isaiah Johnson-Mack (@ijohnsonmack9) January 17, 2018
Defensive lineman Hercules Mata'afa
Family member Ryan Hilinski
Please keep my family in your prayers tonight.— Big Bo (@ryan_hilinski) January 17, 2018
Wide receiver Easop Winston
Wide receiver Tavares Martin jr.
Defensive back Skyler Thomas
If you are ever going through something and you feel like suicide is the only way to deal with it you can always contact me no matter who you are. You can also contact The National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255.— Skyler Thomas (@Sky_Dolla_Sign) January 17, 2018
Quarterback John Bledsoe
Quality control coach Drew Hollingshead
Former Quarterback Drew Bledsoe
PLEASE READ!! I didn’t know Tyler well but he was a great friend and mentor to my son. That’s all a dad can ask for. As men we have to learn to TALK about how we are feeling. Suicide is the #2 killer of men between 18-45!! Reaching out for help when we need it is NOT a sign of weakness. Trusting your friends and asking for help is the ultimate sign of STRENGTH!! If we sprain an ankle we go see a doctor. If we’re struggling emotionally we have to learn to treat it the same way. It’s our obligation to the people we love and the people who love us.
Hilinski was found dead on Tuesday after he didn't show up for practice. Police found the redshirt sophomore with a gunshot wound to his head and a suicide note nearby. He was 21.