Howard County police are investigating the shooting death of 25-year-old Meiko Anthony Locksley on Sunday night
Locksley, of Columbia, is the son of former University of Maryland football coach Mike Locksley.
Authorities responding to a call in the 5500 block of Harpers Farm Road about 10:20 p.m. Sunday found the younger Locksley suffering from a gunshot wound. Police said he was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities said multiple callers reported hearing a single gunshot in the neighborhood. A resident, who discovered Locksley outside, called 911.
The elder Locksley is a Washington native who served two different stints as an assistant coach on U-Md.’s staff and was elevated to interim head coach for six games after Randy Edsall was fired in 2015. Before the 2016 season, Locksley was hired as an analyst on the University of Alabama’s staff and was promoted to wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator last winter.
Alabama football coach Nick Saban confirmed Meiko Locksley’s death at his weekly news conference Monday.
“Mike Locksley, our wide receivers and assistant offensive coordinator, had a family tragedy. His son was killed. I just want everyone to understand our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike, [his wife] Ms. Kia and the entire Locksley family over this tragedy. We’ll do everything that we can to support Mike and his family in this time of tragedy.”
Meiko Locksley played football in 2011 at the University of New Mexico, where his father served as head coach. Mike Locksley was fired just four games into that season after three years at the helm. Meiko Locksley, a defensive back, was enrolled at Youngstown State in 2010.
Police said they have no information about a possible suspect or motive in the shooting and are asking the public for help.
Anyone who was in the area or who saw or heard anything about the time that the shooting took place should contact police at [email protected] or by calling 410-313-STOP.