Mercer guard Jibri Bryan shot and killed in parking lot

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A senior guard on Mercer’s basketball team was shot and killed on Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of a convenience store in Macon.

Jibri Bryan, a sixth-year senior for the Bears, was found in the driver’s seat of his car having been shot in the head. According to the Macon Telegraph, the entire incident was captured on video by the security cameras of the Flash Foods where the shooting took place.

“Jibri Bryan was a special young man who was a great contributor to our team and did everything that was asked of him,” Mercer coach Bob Hoffman said in a statement released by the school. “He was important to us in every way. I loved him and cared about him from the very first time he was on our campus. We grew to be very close over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his special family.”

Bryan started 35 games last season and was a member of the Mercer team that upset Duke in the 2014 NCAA tournament. He averaged 7.8 points last season but saw action in just six games this season due to injury trouble.

“First and foremost, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Bryans,” Mercer athletic director Jim Cole said in a statement. “The Mercer athletic family is deeply saddened by Jibri’s passing. Jibri was always cheerful and greeted everyone in the department with a smile. He will not only be missed by his basketball family but by all of us in the University Athletic Department.”