Family, friends, fans express thoughts on loss of WSU quarterback

WSU interim athletic director John Johnson said in a statement that the football team assembled Monday night to be given the news of Hilinski's passing.

PULLMAN, Wash.—Many people took to social media to express their thoughts after a Washington State University quarterback died Tuesday.

The Pullman Police Department reported that Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment Tuesday afternoon of an apparent suicide.

WSU interim athletic director John Johnson said in a statement that the football team assembled Monday night to be given the news of Hilinski’s passing.

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Governor Jay Inslee posted his condolences to his Facebook page Wednesday morning. He posted, "Trudi and I are holding Tyler Hilinski's family, friends and the WSU community in our hearts today. Tyler was a talented young individual, and I know so many are devastated by his passing."

Former Washington State linebackers coach Roy Manning tweeted, “"Words can't describe what I'm feeling right now. My heart is beyond saddened. Please pray for the family and all of us affected!"

Quarterback John Bledsoe, the son of former WSU and NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe tweeted, "God, let Tyler find peace. Everyone please pray for the Hilinski family tonight. Heaven received a very special person."

Many teammates also expressed their grief on social media.