Brother of Bulls LB Wilson shot, killed in Miami
On the same day USF football players attended a memorial service for former Bulls tight end Will Bleakley, the team lost a member of its extended family, as Kellon Wilson, the 24-year-old brother of starting middle linebacker Kion Wilson, was shot and killed Saturday in Miami Gardens.
Wilson missed Tuesday's practice to mourn with family members, and USF coach Jim Leavitt said that he and defensive line coach John Hendrick will attend funeral services for Kellon Wilson in Miami on Saturday. Kellon Wilson is the oldest of Kion's eight siblings.
"My heart goes out to Kion and his family," Leavitt said in a statement. "This is a very difficult situation and we are completely supportive of his family during this time."
According to Miami Gardens police, Kellon Wilson was fatally shot at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday; police have since arrested Louis Lee Bradshaw on a charge of first-degree murder and his wife, Christina Stewart-Bradshaw, on a charge of accessory after the fact. The two fled to Jacksonville after the shooting in an attempt to avoid apprehension, according to a press release from the Miami Gardens police department.
Wilson, one of the Bulls' top returning starters on defense, grew up in Miami but moved to Jacksonville after his freshman year of high school to get away from off-field problems and dangers. Wilson's story was first told in September in this article in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. "I don't have any more friends in Miami," Wilson said in that story. "Everyone is either incarcerated or passed on."
Wilson could not be reached for comment Wednesday. The Bulls have endured an extraordinary amount of tragedy in the past two years: football player Keeley Dorsey collapsing and dying during a team conditioning workout in 2007, former player Javan Camon died after a head-on collision in a semi-pro football game that same spring, and former USF assistant coach Andre Waters committed suicide, also in 2007. The Bulls lost Bleakley last week when a massive search effort could not find him in the Gulf of Mexico after a 21-foot fishing boat capsized in heavy seas; former USF walk-on Nick Schuyler was rescued, but Bleakley and former Bucs players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith were not found.