Police trace last minutes of Bradford's life - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

Police trace last minutes of Bradford's life

The Tunica County Sheriff's investigators says Taylor Bradford visited a Tunica Casino and they are trying to determine if that visit is connected to his murder.

It is something Memphis police would not confirm.

Students passing by first saw University of Memphis football player Taylor Bradford slumped over in his car after he ran into a tree near his campus apartment around 9:45 Sunday night.

A close friend, Elena Wilson holding a stuffed animal Bradford won for her, says she talked with him a few hours before he was shot, just before he went to football practice.

"I couldn't believe it. I was in shock. I had just seen him not too long ago that can't be it I just saw him. I'm still in shock," says Wilson.

Police responding to a car accident discovered Bradford had been shot and that's why he crashed his car.

Investigators say he was apparently shot inside the gated area at his apartment complex then drove out of the gate before crashing.

Larry Godwin said two men were seen running from the scene. "We really don't know if it was a random act or if that individual was targeted," says Godwin.

Police would not answer questions about a weekend trip Bradford made to a Tunica Casino where friends say he won quite a bit of money.

Tunica County Sheriff's investigators say Taylor Bradford was at the Horseshoe Casino. He has been spotted on surveillance video.

Right now, investigators are trying to find out who may have been around him. It is not clear if any money was taken from Bradford.

Elena Wilson says she can't imagine anyone wanting to hurt Taylor Bradford. "He was sweet, kind always wanting to know how you are doing, make sure you're doing. He was always there for me," she adds. 

Ironically, Bradford stopped by a meeting on campus safety at the U Of M before he drove to his apartment complex where he was shot.

Memphis police want anyone who knows anything to call CrimeStoppers at 901.528.CASH.

On top of the CrimeStoppers reward, there is also a $5,000 reward.

Click here to email Janice Broach.

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