The cause of the tragic passing of Liberty University student and football player Tajh Boyd has been revealed after review by medical examiners, declaring that Boyd died by suicide.
According to a local news report from WTVR over the weekend, the official cause of death according to the Western District Medical Examiner’s Office who received the body was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
At this time, the Lynchburg police have determined that an official criminal investigation wouldn’t be necessary given the findings.
“I spoke to his mom and dad a couple of times to offer support,” said Flames head coach Jamie Chadwell. “They know he was loved here. … He loved fashion and clothes. He was quiet in the halls, but when he was with his team, he lit up the room. He was always there for others.”
“There’s no playbook, no map to figure out how to deal with circumstances like this… You don’t have a lot of time to grieve.”
“We thank God for bringing Tajh into our Liberty Athletics community and we will always remember him as a Flame. Tajh will be missed dearly,” Liberty Athletics stated in a post to social media.
Liberty University Athletics reported the unfortunate passing of 19-year-old student-athlete last week. The news was shared by LU’s Vice President and Director of Athletics, Ian McCaw, who mentioned Boyd’s recent joining in January and his lasting impact on the program.
The LU Athletics’ Twitter account expressed gratitude for Boyd’s time with them and recognized him as a cherished member of the Flames community. As LU is set to play in Conference USA this season, the conference also expressed their condolences. Boyd previously contributed to two state championships for Oscar F. Smith High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. The cause of his death remains undisclosed.