Sad news out of Georgia’s football recruiting circles. Here are some details by the AJC’s Mike Morris:
The mother of Auburn University freshman receiver and Troup County High School football standout Quan Bray was shot and killed Sunday morning in LaGrange.
According to WTVM-TV in Columbus, LaGrange police responding to a car accident found that the driver, Tonya Bray, had been shot in the head. She was pronounced dead at West Georgia Medical Center.
A short time after her death, Jeff Jones turned himself in, telling police that he had driven up to Tonya Bray’s car and shot her, WTVM reported. According to the station, Tonya Bray and Jones had been in an 18-year relationship.
Jones is being held in the Troup County Jail, charged with murder.
Here’s some more information from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer’s Alan Riquelmy:
Moments before Bray wrecked, witnesses saw a green car chasing her silver, four-door vehicle down Ragland Street. At one point, the driver of the green car pulled up beside Bray and fired several shots at her, LaGrange Police Capt. Dale Strickland said.
“That more than likely caused the victim to crash,” the captain added.
Police found Bray when they responded to what they believed to be only a single-vehicle accident on Ragland Street, the captain added.
Charles Flowers, Tonya Bray’s brother and Quan Bray’s high school coach, said Jones had been with Tonya Bray since Quan’s birth. Strickland said the parents had been living separately for about six months.
“I’m not sure what happened,” Flowers said. “I just know that I got a call this morning.”
Auburn coach Gene Chizik released a statement: “”Our thoughts and prayers are with Quan and his entire family during this extraordinarily difficult time. This is a terrible tragedy, but the Auburn Family will support Quan in every way possible throughout the grieving and healing process ahead. Quan is a great young man with a bright future, and we will be there for him every step of the way.”
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog Got a recruiting item? firstname.lastname@example.org
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