Former Mississippi State player killed in Birmingham

Source: Mississippi State University

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Former Wenonah High School (Birmingham) and Mississippi State star wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson was found unresponsive Tuesday at a home in the 2100 block of Northland Avenue.

Police say evidence at the scene indicates Wilson was shot and they are investigating his death as a homicide.

The family of the 25-year-old Wilson was in anguish Tuesday night. Police say they believe foul play is involved and the intense investigation for Wilson’s killer is underway.

A family friend says Wilson’s mother is the person who found him. She was too distraught to speak to us, but others say Wilson was

"Very athletic, very respectful, humble, fierce,” said neighborhood association president and former classmate Kerrick Jordan.

Wilson was a star athlete both on the court and gridiron at Wenonah High School. He won Mr. Basketball in 2013 before signing to play football at Mississippi State. After his time as a Bulldog he played in the AFL.

Unfortunately for this Westside community of Birmingham, Jordan says violence is not uncommon.

“Seems like every other day somebody is getting killed,” said the Rev. Herman Henderson, who is president of “Stop the Violence."

Rev. Henderson knew Wilson from his high school days. He is praying for justice and an end to violence.

“He was such a positive young man and to see that this has happened in this section of town it’s really devastating to know that his whole future was ahead of him,” Rev. Herman Henderson said.

Mississippi State tweeted its condolences:
"Tonight, we mourn the loss of former Bulldog De’Runnya Wilson. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Thanks for the many memories you gave us, 'Bear'.”

No arrests have been made in the case. If you know anything about this case call Birmingham police at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.