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Football Recruit for University of Louisville Killed in Shooting

Dexter Rentz Jr. had died during a shooting

Even with the world dealing with COVID-19 pandemic, it seems people won’t change from bad vices like the killing of a fellow person.

That was the case when Dexter Rentz Jr., an 18-year old High School senior, met his death during a shooting that left three others injured.  According to the Orlando Police department, the shooting took place near Elese Street and Deerock Drive in Orlando.

The police department confirmed that they received several 911 distress calls with reports of gunfire, and some officers who were patrolling the area also heard the alleged gunshots. There was a chase between police officers and two vehicles that drove away from the scene.

Officers pursued both vehicles and found Rentz, who was in one of the cars suffering from a gunshot wound. He was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC), and they tried to revive him before he was pronounced dead.

The police department later released a statement that the second car leaving the shooting area was not connected to the investigation. An officer present during the chase stated that there was a pursuit, but detectives don’t believe it was somehow related to the homicide.

Investigators added the surviving three victims were also rushed to the ORMC and AdventHealth, and only one of them is in a critical condition but expected to survive.

Rentz was the only name released by the investigators, and the other three names are yet to be released to the public as investigations are still ongoing. Once they gather enough evidence that includes witness testimonies and video surveillance, then they will release any useful information regarding the shooting.

So far, what the public knows is that detectives have not said anything about if the shooter(s) were in one of the vehicles pursued or not, and no suspect description is available. The only thing they have concluded is that there was a motive, and that’s why they don’t believe that the shooting was random, but they are not sure who was the specific target.

With time, investigators will be able to crack this shooting case that took the life of young Rentz, who in December 2019 signed a football scholarship with the University of Louisville.

Rentz had a promising career ahead of him since 2017 when he set a state record when he single-handily intercepted five passes in a single game. He wasn’t only a prospective football player, but one with a vision of helping young guys see that there is more than just football.

Scott Satterfield, head football coach for Louisville, released a statement that Rentz was a great young man who had a contagious personality. Social media is also pouring with grief and tribute to Rentz, who was to become a wide receiver, and now death took away a promising young football player.

Who or what led to the shooting that killed Rentz? As investigations continue, authorities have offered a $5000 reward for any person with reliable information that will lead to the arrest of the culprits.

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Alfred Lee

Alfred Lee

Alfred is an ardent fan of sports, be it cricket, soccer, or tennis, he has an eye for all. Meticulous cricket writer by the day and an avid FIFA mobile player by the night, his life revolves around sports. The goal is to trott around the globe and to spread happiness through his goofy sense of humour. He has received a Journalist of the Year award from the L.A. Press Club and an investigative reporting award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
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