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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