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Former Gamecock receiver commits suicide, police say

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV/WCSC) - A Tennessee Titans football player and former University of South Carolina Gamecock killed himself Monday morning outside the high school where he graduated from in Tampa, FL, according to local police.

Officers discovered wide receiver Orenthal James Murdock, 25, about 8:30 a.m. in his car in front of Middleton High School in Tampa with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Murdock was taken to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition but was pronounced dead at 10:43 a.m., Tampa police said.

Murdock was signed by the Titans in July 2011.  However, he was on injured reserve after hurting his right foot during training camp, according to the team's website.  Murdock played for the Gamecocks in the 2006 season after redshirting as a freshman in 2005.  He was kicked off the team for disciplinary reasons, including a shoplifting charge he picked up in October 2006.

Murdock was listed on the Titans' "did not report list," according to WSMV Sports Director Rudy Kalis.

Murdock is the second wide receiver from USC's 2006 roster to commit suicide.  Kenny McKinley, 23, fatally shot himself in an apparent suicide in Colorado in 2010, when he was a Denver Bronco.

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