Michigan State Track and Field Star Tony Martin Dies at Age 19 — What Happened?
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.
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."
We send our condolences to the family and friends on the passing of Tony Martin. pic.twitter.com/d4yuQNyc7h— MSU Track & Field/XC (@MSUTrackFieldXC) July 19, 2020
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.
Tony Martin young 👑 your name will forever live on through all of us 🙏🏽 The entire family, friends, Michigan State T&F, & All of Saginaw will NEVER forget you! A true legend in the making took too early🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/6jIOuQQ8WI— Blue Chip Training (@BlueChipRance) July 19, 2020
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.
R.I.P. 😕😕 https://t.co/0r0k0sLKLB— Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges) July 19, 2020
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.
This why I go so hard for the kids I mentor. R.I.P. Tony Martin. A great kid and legend gone too soon. 🙏🏼😢 pic.twitter.com/8uzR0j8hOR— Prep U (@PrepUAcademy2) July 19, 2020
In a statement, the police urged people to refrain from attending large parties and gatherings, reminding them that they were still amid a pandemic.