Body of Kosta Karageorge Found next to Campus With a Gun
The long search for Kosta Karageorge is finally over. USA Today has learned that the body of the Ohio state football player was discovered on Sunday in a dumpster not far from the university.
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According to Columbus police, the body had a gun which implies the student may have killed himself. Investigations are still in progress to unearth the truth behind Karageorge's death because there are allegations that someone could have shot him and then put the gun in his hand to make it look like suicide.
Police report released by Sgt. Richard Weiner indicate that the Ohio University student could not be traced after texting one of his friends on Wednesday. The player is said to have cited concussions in his message.
On its part, Ohio State University Department of Athletics stated that the death of Karageorge has left a deep scar on its history. "The Ohio State University Department of Athletics was shocked and saddened to learn today of the death of student-athlete Kosta Karageorge, a senior from Columbus," the school said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time."
Police stated that it would not have been easy to identify the 22 year old football player if it were not for some tatoos on his body. The upcoming star used to be a defensive tackle.
His mom told the police that her son was previously suffering from concussions and had even admitted it in his text messages. In one of the messages, the player had begged for forgiveness for being an embarrassment to his family.
A few days following Karageorge's mysterious disappearance, the team's doctor, Jim Borchers, was quoted saying that the department of sports had put in place a proper system that would see injured players recover and return to the field. "We are confident in our medical procedures and policies to return athletes to participation following injury or illness," said Borchers.
Julian Bailes, a neurosurgeon attached to NorthShore Neurological Institute of suburban Chicago, called for patience because it was not possible to make a conclusion until investigations have been completed. At the moment, Karageorge's death is alleged to have been caused by concussions or the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
"It's somewhat conjecture to think that's what led to his (apparent) suicide. We just don't know," said Bailes. "He is certainly not the typical CTE guy, only in college and so forth. So you don't know.
"The other things, which are often associated with suicide, are mental health issues and/or drug or substance abuse. I just don't know. I just read a little bit about it the day he went a missing.
"There are so many factors associated with suicide. You just don't know."
In most cases, CTE is usually tested by examining the brain of the victim. The condition is believed to have caused the deaths of other NFL players including Mike Webster, Junior Seau and Dave Duerson.
"(Whether to have the brain examined) would be up to his family and then maybe even the medical examiner, depending on the circumstances of his death," Bailes said.
"If there's a legal issue of circumstances, was it foul play or unknown or so forth, the medical examiner could chose to do it. But otherwise the family would have to request it."
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