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Freshman College Football Player Dies In Car Accident

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A freshman college football player has died in a car accident this weekend.

Johnathon Gilmore, a freshman tight end for Winston-Salem State, reportedly died in a car accident on Saturday afternoon.

The freshman football player had gone back home to watch his high school team play.

The 6-foot-4 tight end was a Fayetteville, Ark. native.

From Journal Now:

Coach Kienus Boulware of the Rams said he was scrambling around on Sunday afternoon trying to find out details.

“He wasn’t just a good kid, he was a great kid,” Boulware said after hearing the news that Gilmore had died. “He had just texted me last week about setting up a meeting because he wanted to know what he could do this off-season to become better.”

This is the second WSSU player to die this year. Najee Baker, a defensive end, died after being shot at a party at Wake Forest in January.

Fighting back tears, Boulware said: “We are in the process of reaching out to this family but we are all devastated by this news.”

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

May he rest in peace.