WSU's Luke Falk writes heartfelt message on death of teammate Tyler Hilinski
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University Football released a heartfelt message on Thursday night from senior quarterback, Luke Falk on the death of teammate Tyler Hilinski.
The message posted via Twitter along with a picture of Falk and Hilinski read:
"We are heartbroken and devastated with the passing of Tyler. Like many, we are in disbelief. He was an amazing person who brought love and joy to everyone who was fortunate enough to know him. Not only did he touch the lives of those close to him but also the lives of people who we are sure he was unaware of.
"Tyler had a constant drive for perfection that should encourage us to fulfill our dreams. I hope that we can use each day to show those who are closest to us how much we care about them, and treat others with the kindness and respect that we wish for ourselves. We pray that Tyler and his family realize all the great things he accomplished in his time with us.
"Tyler's passing is going to be very difficult on all of us and we will never be able to move on. Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us everyday. Tyler you will be missed but I know you will walk beside us everyday. Thank you for your love and friendship. God bless and may you Rest In Peace. We love you Klink. #boysinblue #rightflag With love, Luke Falk and WSU Football."
Hilinski, 21, was a redshirt sophomore and was most recently the starting quarterback in the Cougars' loss to Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl after Falk was unable to play due to a wrist injury.
His most memorable outing came in the second week of this season when he led Washington State from a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Boise State 47-44 in triple overtime. Hilinski threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns coming off the bench, and was carried off the field after the victory.
Hilinski was also the presumptive starting quarterback going into next season, taking over for Falk.
Hilinski was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot in his apartment on Tuesday after he didn't show up for practice, according to Police. They said a rifle was also recovered along with suicide note.
His death has been ruled a suicide by the Whitman County coroner.
WSU is urging the Cougar nation and supporters to wear crimson on Friday, to honor Hilinski and his family.
The WSU Pullman campus is also holding a candlelight vigil on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in front of the Cougar statue near Martin Stadium to pay tribute to Hilinski.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.