Tragedy Strikes: Auburn Running Back Shot, Brother Killed in Deadliest Night

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Tragedy Strikes: Auburn Running Back Brian Battie Shot, Brother Killed

A tragic incident has cast a heavy shadow over the Auburn football community, leaving Auburn Tigers running back Brian Battie in critical condition. In the early morning hours in Sarasota, Florida, Battie was shot, while his brother, Tony Battie IV, sadly passed away in the same incident.

Outpouring of Support

The news of the tragedy has shaken the Auburn family to its core. Tigers head coach Hugh Freeze has taken to social media to ask for prayers for Battie, emphasizing that the situation remains delicate.

Freeze’s message reads: “Auburn family. Please continue to pray for Brian Battie. There was a set back last night and he’s still on a ventilator.”

Investigative Process Underway

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has initiated a thorough investigation into the fatal incident. Initial reports indicate that deputies responded to reports of a shooting around 3:30 a.m. ET and discovered multiple shooting victims in a parking lot.

Officials have stated that the shooting appears to be an isolated incident and have not disclosed further details about the circumstances surrounding the event.

Battie’s Collegiate Career

Before joining the Auburn Tigers, Battie showcased his athletic prowess at the University of South Florida. In the 2022 season, he had an impressive performance, rushing for 1,185 yards and eight touchdowns, earning him a starting position on the team.

Beyond his impressive rushing capabilities, Battie also gained recognition as an All-American in 2021 for his skills as a return specialist.

Calls for Prayer and Support

As Battie continues to fight for his recovery, the Auburn community and fans around the country are rallying to offer their support. Prayers and well wishes are flooding in for the injured player, hoping for his swift healing.

The LA News Center team joins in sending thoughts and prayers to Brian Battie, his family, and the entire Auburn Tigers family during this difficult time.

Auburn running back Brian Battie injured in shooting in Florida, brother killed

Brian Battie, Auburn Tigers running back, has been hospitalized after a shooting incident in Florida. His brother, Tony Battie IV, was killed in the same incident. (John Reed-USA Today Sports)

Auburn Tigers head coach Hugh Freeze prays for Brian Battie's recovery

Auburn Tigers head coach Hugh Freeze has asked for prayers for Brian Battie, who is still on a ventilator after being shot in Florida. (Jake Crandall/Advertiser/USA Today Network)