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Idaho WR Ken McRoyal shot and killed at a party in Los Angeles

Idaho wide receiver Ken McRoyal was shot and killed in Los Angeles early Sunday morning after attending a song release party for the rapper Ray-J in Hollywood, CBS Los Angeles reported.

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(Idaho Athletics)

McRoyal and a friend had gone to another party at the Brewery Lofts near Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles and that's where the gunshots broke out. A witness who found McRoyal and called 911 said he was still alive when the ambulance came. McRoyal died at the hospital. A second unidentified man was wounded and taken to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center where his condition was not known.

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The University of Idaho athletic department confirmed McRoyal died, but did not elaborate on the cause. However, coach Robb Akey did release a statement:

"It's a devastating loss," coach Robb Akey said. "We've lost a brother, a teammate, a family member. But, more importantly, a momma lost her son today.

"All of our prayers go to the family — that they can be strong in their healing from this tragedy."

McRoyal was originally from New Orleans but moved to Los Angeles with his family after Hurricane Katrina. He transferred from El Camino Junior College prior to last season and caught six passes for 35 yards in eight games for the Vandals in 2011.

McRoyal was in Los Angeles visiting his girlfriend with whom he has a 1-year-old daughter.

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