Earlier this week, Toledo soccer player Jahneil Douglas was shot dead outside a restaurant after a brawl. Douglas was 22 years old and a junior defensive lineman with the Toledo Rockets.
According to the report, the shooting took place around 11:30 p.m. outside of Gino’s Pizza in Monroe, near Central. Douglas reportedly died after being transported to the hospital.
After his tragic death, a GoFundMe was set up to help Douglas’ family.
“The Toledo Football family is heartbroken over the loss of Jahneil,” said Toledo head coach Jason Candle in a statement. “He was a hard working young man who was loved by all of his teammates and coaches. Our condolences go to Jahneil’s family and friends in these difficult times. Jahneil will forever be part of the Rocket Football family. “
GoFundMe’s goal is $ 30,000. By Sunday morning, nearly $ 25,000 of that goal had been met by 437 different donors.
Douglas’ killer is Michael Mitchell, 24, who was arrested Wednesday and is on a $ 1 million bond. Mitchell attended the same Douglas High School and was a star basketball player.
An opponent in the conference, Bowling Green head coach Scot Loeffler wrote his own tweet expressing condolences: “We regret the loss of Jahneil Douglas, a football player in the Toledo program for Jahneil’s family, friends and the Toledo program ….. super sadder Day …..”
In the two years Douglas spent on the field with Toledo, the team never had a record below .500, hitting a combined 13-12 in those two years. On his Redshirt New Year, Douglas and the Rockets went 7-5 and played in the Bahamas Bowl. Toldeo lost that game in that game to Florida International, 35-32.
Douglas ‘former high school also issued a statement regarding Douglas’ death.
“Jahneil Douglas made us proud of his hard work during high school, his dedication to being a strong role model, and his approach to college success,” tweeted Douglas’ High School Start High School after the news broke. “Please pray his family and friends in your prayers after this senseless tragedy.”
Douglas, a communications major, was preparing for his junior season with the Rockets, which looked like he might be turning a corner. In the first two years of his college career, Douglas played a total of 12 games with a total of two tackles.
In high school, Douglas was a senior first team AP All-Ohio Award winner when he recorded 55 tackles on the defensive line while serving on the offensive line. Douglas graduated from Start High School and was a two-star candidate on the 247Sports composite rating.
“We were all shocked to learn of the tragic death of Jahneil Douglas,” said Mike O’Brien, Vice President and Athletic Director of Toledo, in a statement on Twitter. “This is a devastating loss to our football team and our university, and a very sad day for all of us in Rocket Nation.”