Earlier this morning, three Baton Rouge police officers were killed and several others wounded in a shocking and brutal attack.
It appears the tragedy hit one college football player very close to home.
Virginia Tech freshman quarterback Josh Jackson tweeted that his cousin, Montrell Jackson, was one of the officers who was killed.
Rest in peace to my cousin Montrell Jackson who was one of the policeman that was killed. #PrayForBatonRouge
— Josh Jackson (@joshiejack17) July 17, 2016
According to another tweet, Montrell Jackson may also have been a new father.
A family friend of Montrell Jackson said he was one of the officers killed in #BatonRouge. He and his wife just had a baby in March.
— britni danielle (@BritniDWrites) July 17, 2016
This is absolutely heart-wrenching to see. Our thoughts and prayers are with Josh Jackson and his entire family.