A shooting that took place on the 4th of July took the life of a former member of the Ohio State Buckeyes. DerJuan “PeeWee” Gambrell, who briefly played under Urban Meyer, lost his life this week. He was 27 years old.
According to WTOL, Gambrell was shot in the stomach after an argument on Thursday, and died of the wound. Per the report, a suspect has been arrested and is being charged with murder. He is being held on a $1 million bond.
A man is in custody after a Fourth of July shooting in central Toledo that claimed the life of former Rogers High School and OSU football standout Derjuan Elston 'PeeWee' Gambrell. https://t.co/YRRmC0M2ZW
— WTOL 11 (@WTOL11Toledo) July 5, 2019
Gambrell played high school football at Rogers High School in Toledo, where he was also a track-and-field athlete. He earned third-place in the 400-meter dash at the Division I state track and field meet, and All-Ohio honors in football.
Coming out of high school in 2011, Gambrell was a highly-regarded three-star safety prospect. He was the No. 20 safety in the nation and the No. 17 prospect from the state of Ohio, per 247Sports.
Gambrell’s time in Columbus was short-lived though. After redshirting the 2011 season, he was dismissed from the team in January 2012 after being arrested for an incident at an Ohio State dormitory.
Friends and fans of Gambrell quickly took to Twitter to express their condolences.
I played with him a few years back on the @ToledoThunder semi pro football team. Great guy. Awesome personality. So sad…..
— Gary Allen (@Coach_Allen511) July 5, 2019
Please tell me this not true man my boy Derjuan Elston-Gambrell really gone.. I’m so hurt n sick to my stomach right now man 😔
— Kenny Hayes (@klhjr92) July 5, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Gambrell’s family and loved ones.