Former IU Football Player Chris Beaty Dies at 38 After Being Shot

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 1, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 31: An Indiana Hoosiers helmet is seen during the game against the Ball State Cardinals at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Former Indiana football player Chris Beaty was one of two men shot and killed in Indianapolis this past weekend, according to David Lindquist and Justin L. Mack of the Indy Star.

"Beaty suffered multiple gunshot wounds in a shooting reported shortly before midnight on Saturday at Talbott and Vermont streets" and was pronounced dead at the scene, per Lindquist and Mack.

Dorian Murrell, 18, was also shot and killed in a separate incident. Police in Indianapolis have made an arrest in connection to one of the shootings, though it was not indicated "which shooting the suspect was involved in."

The 38-year-old Beaty had played defensive line for the Hoosiers from 2000 to 2003.

As Zach Osterman of the Indy Star noted, Beaty remained involved in the football program well after graduation and built a "strong relationship" with current head coach Tom Allen.

He had already been a local hero dating back to high school, helping Cathedral High School in Indianapolis win three state titles.

Beaty returned to Indianapolis after college and was managing night clubs while also founding the company Worldwide Masks, which created masks to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

His impact was felt in social media posts from a variety of local personalities:

Indianapolis was placed under curfew beginning at 8 p.m. local time after violence over the weekend.

The city was one of dozens in the United States with protests this week after the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died after since-fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Chavin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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