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Details Emerge From Suicide Of Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski

Tyler Hilinski celebrates with Renard Bell.

TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Tyler Hilinski #3 of the Washington State Cougars celebrates with wide receiver Renard Bell #81 after running in a one yard touchdown during the second half of the game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

Details have emerged from the death of the Pac-12 quarterback.

More information has been released regarding the death of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski. The Cougars' QB committed suicide on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Police in Pullman, Wash. have revealed more details regarding the events leading up to the tragic death of the quarterback. He was only 21.

The release from the police department says that Hilinski died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, pending a full autopsy. He is believed to have used a rifle.

Police said today that Hilinski used a .223 caliber rifle that belonged to one of his teammates. He's said to have taken the rifle without his teammate's knowledge on or before Friday, Jan. 12.

Here are more details. They come from the Seattle Times:

Police officers initially went to his new apartment but were redirected to his former residence, the Aspen Village Apartments.

However, just before police officers arrived at the Aspen Village Apartments, two other teammates who were looking for Hilinski forced their way into his apartment after they did not receive an answer at the door, the Pullman police statement said.

Hilinski’s teammates discovered his body as police officers arrived on the scene, the statement said.

Police said they found a suicide note next to Hilinski's body. They will not be releasing the note.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Hilinski's friends and family. May he rest in peace.