The Rams’ organization and players mourn the death of Otis Anderson Jr., a fugitive who played for the team in the preseason.
Anderson died Tuesday after his father shot and killed his father at his home in North Jacksonville, Florida on Monday night, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Otis Anderson Sr. was charged with the first-degree murder of Otis Anderson Jr. and the attempted first-degree murder of his wife Denise Anderson, the newspaper said.
“The Rams are saddened by the tragic and sudden loss of Otis Anderson Jr.,” the team said in a statement posted on Twitter. “Our sincere condolences to his family during this very difficult time. Rest in peace, Otis.
Anderson played college in Central Florida and was signed to the Rams as an undrafted free agent. He is second in UCF history with a 6.1 yards per carry average, races 2,182 yards and has 27 touchdowns in his college career.
He has responded to shots and shots in preseason games against the Chargers and the Las Vegas Raiders. In the preseason final against the Denver Broncos, he dashed 10 yards in three shots and caught two passes at 16 yards. He was released as the Rams reduced their roster to 53 players ahead of the season.
Central Florida said in a statement that it was “devastated” by Anderson’s death.
“He was respected by his teammates, our fans and everyone in the Knight Nation,” the school said in a statement on its website. “Our deepest condolences to everyone who loved Otis. He was caught too early and will really be missed. “
Several Rams players tweeted after learning of Anderson’s death.