Former Central Florida Knights quarterback Otis Anderson Jr. was reportedly shot and killed Monday night at his parents’ home.
Anderson Jr. was only 23 years old and had been in the NFL briefly. The young athlete was murdered by his father, Otis Anderson Sr., in Jacksonville, Florida.
Otis Anderson Jr. was killed by his father.
According to an arrest report released Tuesday by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, a father-son duo got into an argument over a dog bite that turned into an ugly fight. Otis Anderson Jr.’s mother, Denise Anderson, told police that her son and husband had to be separated after the screaming scene. Police later said the father went to the garage and later confronted his son in the kitchen. When officers returned, Anderson Jr. was shot in the chest. The young player was declared dead at the hospital.
The report also states that Anderson Sr. had an altercation with Dennis. She was hospitalized with multiple injuries, but was later discharged.
Meanwhile, Anderson Sr. is charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. He appeared before a judge, who found probable cause for the charges.
Namely, Dennis works for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, which released a statement following the incident:
“The men and women of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office join the Anderson family in mourning with me as they deal with last night’s incredible tragedy,” said Sheriff Mike Williams. “While the investigation is ongoing, we encourage everyone to keep their families in their prayers as they go through this difficult time.”
Posted by former coach Anderson Jr. Josh Heupel. A statement on Twitter. wrote:
“Saddened and stunned by the passing of Otis Anderson Jr. Heavy and fast, funny and full of laughter, he had such a positive impact on our university, community and our locker room. He was an amazing teammate. UCF’s entire My condolences to the family.
From 2017 to 2020 at UCF, Anderson Jr. rushed for 2,182 yards and 17 touchdowns, while catching 91 passes for 1,025 yards and nine touchdowns.
UCF released a statement on the death of Otis Anderson Jr.
“We are now confirmed and saddened to hear of Otis Anderson Jr.’s passing. He was respected by his teammates, our fans and everyone at Knight Nation. We love Otis. We extend our deepest condolences to all. He was taken too soon and will be truly missed,” the statement said.