The Calgary Stampeders went from celebrating their win over Winnipeg Saturday, to disbelief all in a span of hours after 23 year old defensive back Mylan Hicks was shot and killed Sunday morning.
Hicks had been at the Marquee Beer Market on Macleod Trail with some teammates.
He was shot outside the club and died later in hospital.
Stampeders President and GM John Huffnagel says the team is a family and everyone is shaken up by this.
“Everyone in the organization is grief-stricken, hurting and we all have to heal.
Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell summed up what most on the team are probably feeling.
“Football doesn’t even seem important right now, to even talk about it. I know our team, our family is strong. I know that we’re going to come together. Whatever happens from here on out in the season is..whatever.”
Hicks was a first year player on the Stampeders’ practice roster. Fellow defensive back Josh Bell couldn’t hold back the tears at a Sunday news conference, referring to Hicks as a little brother.
“I take Hicks once a week-we go to the movies or we go out to eat, my little practice roster brothers. I make sure I take care of them once a week. I lost my little brother today, my little brother. I feel like I’m a father figure to a degree because I’m an old man on the team..so I lost a son today.”
The organization is trying to bring Hicks’ family up from Detroit, but his mother does not have a passport so it could take some time.
Meanwhile an autopsy is set for Monday as police continue their investigation into the shooting which happened just after 2:30 am on Sunday.
Three men are in custody and one of those suspects is known to police.
Inspector Don Coleman says it appears the shooting was sparked by some sort of alteration.
“It looks like what’s happened is there was an altercation inside the bar sometime prior to closing time and that incident continued outside the bar and that escalated to the point where rounds were fired and the victim was struck.”
Police don’t believe Hicks knew the shooter and they’re not sure if he was the intended target of the shooter.
Police are asking anyone with information to come forward. They are also appealing to witnesses with cell phone videos to send it to police.