Chris Beaty, who played football at Indiana from 2000-04, was shot and killed during protests in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday night. He was 38.
He suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. It was one of several shootings that took place in the city as part of protests over the death of George Floyd.
Beaty, a defensive lineman for the Hoosiers, had remained close to the football program. He owned his own promotions company, Fresh Marketing, and several nightclubs.
Indiana head coach Tom Allen released a statement on Twitter on Monday.
"I am at a loss for words. The news of the passing of Chris Beaty is just devastating," Allen wrote. "Since I returned home to coach at Indiana, Chris embraced me, encouraged me and supported me! His passion for life and Indiana football energized me every time we were together. He was one of our first alumni that displayed his unwavering support for what we are building here at Indiana and how we are building it. I am so heartbroken for his family and he will be deeply missed by all those that were blessed to call him a friend."
The Indiana football team's Twitter account also posted a tribute to Beaty, as did Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon. Gordon attended Indiana at the same time as Beaty and the two were friends.
Beaty had recently launched the company, Worldwide Masks, which sold face masks for safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
--Field Level Media