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July 22, 2020

Michigan State Track and Field Star Tony Martin Dies at Age 19 — What Happened?

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Michigan State track athlete Tony Martin was killed during a shooting outside a Saginaw gas station during the early hours of Sunday morning. He was 19 years old.

Record-breaking Michigan State long jumper Tony Martin was shot and killed during a shooting outside a gas station in Saginaw. 

Martin, who had a decorated career at Michigan's Saginaw High School, died during the Sunoco gas station shooting before 2:30 am. Officers from the Saginaw Police Department responded to the reports immediately and Martin was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police tape surrounding a crime scene. | Source: Pixabay

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HE WAS A GIFTED ATHLETE

In a heartfelt tweet, MSU Track & Field/XC extended their condolences to the promising athlete who was born in 2000. They wrote:

"We send our condolences to the family and friends on the passing of Tony Martin."

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DeEddie Sanders, his high school coach, shared that he and Martin were pretty tight and he loved the guy. According to him, the 19-year-old never got into trouble. 

Martin was a good student, too. Sander said that he never missed school.

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According to Sander, Martin had a huge potential in the track. He made his MSU debut last year at the rand Valley State University Holiday Open. He finished in second place in the 60-meter dash.

TONY WAS OVERALL A GOOD PERSON 

During the Big Ten Indoor Championships in February, Martin set a personal best record of 200 meters in 21.93 seconds. He broke the state's long jump record with an impressive leap of 26 feet, 6 inches when he was in high school.

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The promising athlete was a good student, too. Sander said that he never missed school and always did his school work. He also said that Martin was an easy-going guy.

No arrests have been made as of the date of this writing. The detectives are investigating the incident which has been ruled as a double homicide. 

Another man was fatally shot in the same incident. The third victim sustained a non-life-threatening injury to her arm. The 25-year-old woman was sent to the hospital following the shooting

In a statement, the police urged people to refrain from attending large parties and gatherings, reminding them that they were still amid a pandemic. 

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