Alabama football is dealing with a tragedy.
Crimson Tide wide receivers coach and assistant offensive coordinator Mike Locksley's 25-year-old son Meiko was shot and killed in Columbia, Md. on late Sunday night.
According to a report from WMAR-Baltimore, Meiko Locksley was found around 10:30 p.m. Sunday outside of his home, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma where he died.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban addressed the tragedy in his opening statement to reporters today.
"On another note, Mike Locksley, our wide receivers coach and assistant offensive coordinator, had a family tragedy – his son was killed. I just want everybody to understand that our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike, Ms. Kia and the entire Locksley family over this tragedy. We'll do everything that we can to support Mike and his family in this time of tragedy."
Mike Locksley is a Washington, D.C. native who played football at Towson before embarking on a long coaching career, which included two separate five-year stints (1998-2002, 2012-16) at Maryland.
He was hired by Alabama last season as an offensive analyst before moving into his new roles this year.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Locksley family.