Mother of AU Signee Murdered

By: By: Evan Woodbery (al.com)
By: By: Evan Woodbery (al.com)

AUBURN, Alabama -- Tonya Bray, the mother of Auburn freshman football player Quan Bray, was shot and killed Sunday morning in LaGrange, Ga., police said.

Jeff Jones, who is listed as Quan's father in his official Auburn biography, turned himself in to police about an hour after the shooting.

The news stunned teammates, particularly in the close-knit freshman class that had just enrolled this summer.

Many posted thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.

Defensive lineman Nosa Egaue wrote: "Praying for my Brother and teammate Quan Bray!! I ask all my followers to keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers!"

The father of incoming Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier tweeted that he and his son had driven to LaGrange to offer support.

Auburn coach Gene Chizik, who is on vacation, issued a statement through the university: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Quan and his entire family during this extraordinarily difficult time. This is a terrible tragedy, but the Auburn Family will support Quan in every way possible throughout the grieving and healing process ahead. Quan is a great young man with a bright future, and we will be there for him every step of the way."

Tonya Bray, 37, was driving near her apartment complex in LaGrange when witnesses said another car pulled up alongside hers and fired shots, according to police and published reports.

The car rolled into a ditch on the side of the road. Police were called to the scene of the accident and Bray was pronounced dead after being transported to West Georgia Medical Center.

It was not immediately clear if Jones and Bray were married, but the LaGrange Daily News reported the couple had been separated for six months after having two children together. Jones' hometown was listed as Greenville, Ga., about 30 minutes west of LaGrange.

Charles Flowers, Tonya Bray's brother and Quan's high school coach, told the Ledger-Enquirer that Jones and Bray had been together since Quan's birth but had recently separated.

"I'm not sure what happened," he told the newspaper.

Bray played his senior season at Troup County High School in LaGrange and was a nationally recruited prospect.

He is likely to play receiver in college, although he's versatile enough to play several positions.

"He's one of the most exciting players in Georgia," Chizik said in February. "He's exciting and electric with his hands on the football."


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