Police in Pullman, Washington have confirmed the passing of Tyler Hilinski, a member of the Washington State Cougars football team.
A 21-year-old redshirt sophomore quarterback, Hilinski was found late Tuesday afternoon in Pullman after an apparent suicide.
Pullman PD has confirmed Tyler Hilinski's demise. pic.twitter.com/c83GNV74ZY— Stefanie Loh (@StefanieLoh) January 17, 2018
A native of Claremont, California, Hilinski chose Washington State as a member of the class of 2015. He made four appearances as a redshirt freshman and had eight more this season for the Cougars, closing out their year with a solid performance in their Holiday Bowl loss to Michigan State.
Of course, nobody was thinking much about box scores after hearing the tragic news. An outpouring of support and condolences has spread across social media this evening, with one message from Tyler's brother, Ryan, standing on its own.
Please keep my family in your prayers tonight.— Big Bo (@ryan_hilinski) January 17, 2018
As the story developed, stories of what made Tyler so special trickled out, including this one after the Cougars beat Boise State in triple overtime, a game in which Tyler had three touchdowns.
Tyler Hilinski walked his mother back to her Marriott in Pullman after leading #WSU to a triple-overtime comeback victory over #BSU in September. This is how she recounted that moment to me a few days later - the true essence of Tyler, in my opinion. pic.twitter.com/8kQUAPUghF— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) January 17, 2018