Former Florida A&M baseball player, Antonio Burke, died Thursday. The Douglas County police department is still investigating his death.
Ivy Bramlett of the Douglas County, Ga Sheriff’s department said that Burke’s case was still open. After discussing the case with her supervisor, they could not comment about any details from the case.
Bramlett stated that the case is still fairly new.
A member of Burkes family, Brycen McCrary, 22, said that he appreciates the support the FAMU community has shown to his family.
“Antonio was a strong, motivated individual,” said McCrary, a senior at University of North Carolina.
“He was always good for bringing a smile to our faces and we know his life positively affected others around him. Of course, we are hurting but we appreciate the love and support from Florida A&M University.”
An account for Antonio Burke’s family has been opened at Wachovia Bank called the
Antonio Burke Assistant Fund.
Burke was well known for his athletic skill and his contagious sense of humor.
None of Antonio’s friends know definitely what happened, as rumors are circulating around the school.
According to his Facebook home page, he had a network of more than 2,400 acquaintances.
A group of his peers recently added a Facebook group entitled Rest In Peace Antonio Burke, which currently has 1,233 members.
Ryan Gallardo posted on the group and said, “You’re with the best ball player now. You can teach a few things too. Love you man.”
Memorial services for Burke will be held at the Faith Cathedral, in Austell, Ga., on Jan. 15 at 11 a.m.