Awaiting draft, USF's Raymond suffers personal tragedy
Former USF defensive back Mistral Raymond, who has been busy working out for NFL teams in the hopes of being drafted later this month, suffered a personal tragedy Monday when his 25-year-old sister, Myslene Gabriel, was found dead in her Bradenton apartment.
Raymond learned of his sister's death early Monday afternoon, not long after he worked out for Bucs officials with seven USF teammates at One Buc Place. A former boyfriend of Gabriel's, Bryan Stanford, has been arrested on a domestic violence charge related to Gabriel, and investigators believe he was the last person to see her alive. Gabriel had two young children and was said to be pregnant as well.
Raymond has been a fan favorite at USF, going from a walk-on to earning a scholarship and becoming not only a starter but a captain during his senior year. Sadly, it was an earlier incident of violence against his family that helped bring Raymond to USF -- the Chicago Tribune wrote just last week of that life-changing experience and how Raymond chose to play for the Bulls in part to be closer to his family and able to better protect them.
Going back to his playing days at USF, Raymond has been active on Twitter.com, and fans and friends have sent him an outpouring of messages of support on the social networking site. Raymond has endured and overcome more than his share of adversity already, but we'll have more on this story as it progresses.