Father Of NFL Draft Prospect Killed In Accidental Shooting

Darryl Rudolph, the father of Florida State wide receiver and NFL Draft prospect Travis Rudolph, was killed in what police are calling an accidental shooting last Friday. He was 55.

What Happened?

Darryl Rudolph, a repairman, was working in a nightclub Friday morning. Police say that a club employee in an adjacent room moved a loaded gun off a shelf when it fired accidentally. Rudolph was struck and killed and while police are still investigating, officials say there is no reason to believe the shooting was intentional.
Rudolph was found with a gunshot wound to his back and neck area in a back storage room. He was taken to St. Mary Medical Center where he later died.
The incident occurred at Sugar D’s Adult Cabaret shortly before 9:30 A.M. EST on Friday, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
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Travis Rudolph

Travis Rudolph played three seasons at FSU and finished his college football career as a top 10 receiver in school history, with 153 receptions (seventh) and 2,311 yards receiving (eighth). He also scored 18 career touchdowns, tied for 13th on FSU’s all-time list.
Rudolph made national headlines last year for his kindness off the field when he visited a Tallahassee middle school and sat with an autistic student who was eating lunch by himself on day. Rudolph and the young boy, Bo Paske, kept in touch throughout the year and Paske’s mother wrote on Facebook how thankful she was for Rudolph’s kindness.
Rudolph is projected to be a fifth- or sixth-round pick in the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday in Philadelphia.
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