Tyler Hilinski Discovered by WSU Teammates After Suicide Before Police Arrived

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2018

Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski (3) walks on the field after an NCAA college football game against Nevada in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
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Police in Pullman, Washington, provided more information about the death of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski on Jan. 16. 

The police initially announced Hilinski had died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, pending a full autopsy, per the Seattle Times' Stefanie Loh.

According to Loh, police said Tuesday two of Hilinski's teammates had arrived at his apartment after the sophomore quarterback had missed a lunch with members of the team, as well as a weightlifting session. They forced their way inside to discover Hilinski's body.

Police had been alerted to Hilinski's absence from team activities and attempted to perform a welfare check at an apartment complex into which Hilinski was moving. However, he was in the apartment he previously rented.

Authorities found a suicide note at the scene but won't disclose the details of the note, citing a Washington state law that requires police to only provide the information to a victim's family members.

According to ESPN.com's Kyle Bonagura, the coroner for Whitman County, Washington, ruled Hilinski's death a suicide, and police were interviewing people close to Hilinski to determine a reason for his suicide.

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