Ex-Mississippi State receiver De’Runnya Wilson found dead in apparent homicide

A former standout wide receiver at Mississippi State University was found dead in an Alabama home, police said.

De’Runnya Wilson, 25, was found lifeless Tuesday afternoon by a relative at a residence in Birmingham, where investigators were called for a report of a “person down,” police said.

“They received information from a relative that the victim was unresponsive inside the home,” Birmingham police Sgt. Johnny Williams said in a video. “Currently, we are in the homicide investigation mode and there are limited details on this investigation.”

Williams did not elaborate on how Wilson was killed. But evidence inside the home led detectives to classify his death as a homicide, Williams said.

Wilson, who played at Mississippi State from 2013 to 2015, was a three-star recruit as a graduate of Wenonah High School in Birmingham. He amassed 133 catches for nearly 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns in three seasons as a Bulldog, the second-most TD catches in school history.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family,” the school announced on Twitter. “Thanks for the many memories you gave us, ‘Bear.’”

De'Runnya Wilson
De’Runnya WilsonAP

Nineteen of those touchdown passes were thrown by quarterback Dak Prescott, making the Dallas Cowboys star and Wilson the school’s most prolific quarterback-receiver duo of all time, the Mississippi Clarion Ledger reports.

Wilson left Mississippi State early to enter the 2016 NFL Draft, but went undrafted despite being eyed by some experts as a late-round prospect. He later worked out for the Chicago Bears during the 2016 season, but never signed with the team, the newspaper reports.

Attempts to reach Williams early Wednesday were unsuccessful.

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