Awful news out of Orlando, where class of 2020 Louisville football signee Dexter Rentz Jr. was reportedly shot and killed late Saturday night.
At about 11:19 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Elese Street and Deerock Drive. Four people were shot, with Rentz the only victim who has died from his wounds.
Police detained a person driving away from the area of the shooting, but OPD later reported it was not related to the incident.
Louisville football coach Scott Satterfield issued a statement that read: “We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dexter Rentz. He was a great young man who had a contagious personality, and was able to light up a room with his smile. He was a great kid to be around and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rentz family during this extremely difficult time.”
A three-star wide receiver, Rentz scored 15 touchdowns this past season as a senior at Ocoee High School, and totaled almost 2,000 yards during his high school career. He and Ocoee teammate Lovie Jenkins both signed with Louisville last December.
Here’s some of the reaction to this awful news from the U of L football community:
This young soul was taken from of us to soon. Dex was full of life and always had a smile on his face. From the first time we talked on the phone I felt his contagious energy. I pray for his family and all that new him. Rest easy Dex. #LLD2 pic.twitter.com/UvH1gjeIlp— ShaDon Brown (@Backendcoach12) April 26, 2020
My heart is absolutely broken with the tragic news of Dexter Rentz. He was such a great human being and athlete. I am so sad I won’t get to see him live out his dreams. Please keep his family, friends, teammates & all affected by this in your prayers. Rest Easy, young man pic.twitter.com/MlrfYcNpZg— Rachel J. Harris (@racheljharris) April 26, 2020
My heart hurts and I’m lost for words. Please Pray and lift up the family during This difficult times. https://t.co/DOCEweZia7— Chris Morgan (@chris_morgan37) April 26, 2020
I’m over here hurt typing this, all the conversations we had and the time when you came to The Ville and I first met you I knew you was destined for big things. It’s crazy we was about to be roommates and all, I hate they took you from us dawg. I’ll make sure you name lives on. pic.twitter.com/IyPWFuh31V— Josh Minkins Jr (@JoshMinkins) April 26, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with Rentz, his family members, and everyone else grieving the unnecessary loss of a young life.