When things in Miami looked to get worse and worse every week on the football field, all that is quickly forgotten after the sudden and tragic murder of senior lineman, Bryan Pata.
For once this season they cannot blame Larry Coker.
Pata finished practice and two hours later he was dead in the parking lot at his apartment. Shot in the head. Motive unknown. No arrests yet.
He was a senior finishing his last year. He was projected as a first or second round draft pick.
What makes this more tragic is that Bryan Pata didn't typify the thugged out, ghetto image of Hurricane players. Sure he was big and black but he was described as soft spoken off the field. He wasn't a star on that team. Outside of Miami, most of us had never heard his name before. He was just a team player who switched from end to tackle this season cause his coach asked him to. He was described as a Christian who didn't drink or party and deserves every assumption of his being an innocent victim.
Miami, like any major metropolitan city, has its bad parts of town. University of Miami is located in Coral Gables which is upscale and wealthy. So living around campus you have your typical college atmosphere but in a nicer part of Miami. So do not think that this happened in the ghetto or around drug infested neigborhoods.
Don't quickly add this to Miami's list of sports controversies. Bryan was not doing the shooting. From what we know he did not instigate it. Until we know more details as to why Bryan was targeted, it just seems so senseless.
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