WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A former University of Notre Dame football player has been declared brain dead after he was found shot in a car on Interstate 95 in South Florida.
West Palm Beach police spokeswoman Lori Colombino said Greg Bryant was declared brain dead at about 1 p.m. Sunday. She said the shooting of the 21-year-old University of Alabama at Birmingham running back is now classified as a homicide.
Bryant and a passenger were found shot in a car early Saturday morning on I-95 in West Palm Beach. The 21-year-old passenger suffered minor injuries.
Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly released a statement about Bryant's shooting.
"This is such a sad and tragic situation," Kelly said. "My thoughts and prayers, as well as those of everyone associated with the University of Notre Dame and its football program, are with Greg's family at this incredibly difficult time."
Bryant was a star recruit from American Heritage School in Delray Beach when he signed with Notre Dame, but he was ruled ineligible for the Fighting Irish for the 2015 season and later left school. He spent last season at a junior college in Miami and enrolled at UAB in January after signing a national letter of intent to play for the Blazers when their football program is reinstated in 2017.
Colombino said detectives are seeking witnesses to the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call police.