Disturbing details regarding the final day and hours of the life of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski have been revealed, per The Seattle Times.
Hilinski, who committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Jan. 16, was found dead at his old apartment by teammates prior to police arriving. Teammates forced their way into the apartment after no one answered. The gun used was a .223 caliber rifle and belonged to one of Hilinski’s teammates. He had taken the gun without the knowledge of the owner.
The Pullman police received a call for a check on the welfare of Hilinski after the student-athlete had failed to appear for a weightlifting session at 2 p.m. and was unable to be reached by phone by coaches.
Hilinski had been seen earlier in the day at about 8:45 a.m. on campus and had later texted a group of teammates about setting up 7-on-7 drills that afternoon. Per a group of Cougars players’ moms, Hilinski had also missed a planned lunch with several of his teammates.
While there was a suicide note left beside the rifle, the details of what was in the note were not released.
“State law restricts the release of suicide note details to family members,” the statement said.
Hilinski, who was 21 years old at the time of his death, had started his first game for Washington State in the 2017 Holiday Bowl against Michigan State and was expected to be the starter next season, replacing Luke Falk.