A former defensive back for the NFL was gunned down in the Bay Area’s Richmond, California, and it’s left his family members with a lot of questions.

Terrell Roberts, who played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2003 to 2005, was gunned down at his grandmother’s house on Wednesday evening, as reported by CBS San Francisco. He was 38 years old.

Terrell Roberts, a former NFL defensive back for the Cincinnati Bengals, was shot and killed in Richmond, Calif. on Sept. 11. (Photo: NFL Photos/Getty Images / Getty Images Sport via Getty Images)

A suspect hasn’t been named yet, but the shooter, who fled the scene before police arrived, is described as a black male between 20 to 35 years old. It’s also been said he’s bald with a short beard and weighs about 250 pounds. He was wearing a black T-shirt at the time of the shooting as well.

It’s not clear if Roberts knew the man, but the shooting occurred after a “disturbance” took place inside a garage. Roberts stumbled into the backyard afterward, where police found him dead at the scene with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Roberts’ family said he wasn’t “mixed up in anything bad,” and they described him as a person with a “heart of gold.”

One of his grandmother’s neighbors said he’s already spoken with her, and she was familiar with some of the people her grandson dealt with but has no idea who could’ve taken his life.

“She was saying that she knew some of his so-called friends but she doesn’t know who it was, why they would do it to him,” said Domald Monk. “She didn’t know.”

At this time, the Bengals haven’t acknowledged Roberts’ death on their Twitter or Instagram pages. Before being drafted by the NFL team, he played for Oregon State University.


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