Mercer mourns the death of Jibri Bryan

Students were shocked to learn one of their classmates, Jibri Bryan was shot and killed at a place so popular.

“I honestly was scared man. It only happened like less than a mile away down the street at that gas station. We always go there. I always go there,” Thomas Dang, a student, said.

“I mean you have someone that’s the face of a university. Everyone has a sense in knowing him. Shocked overall,” Harry Rollins, a student who’s from Macon, said.

Orange and white flowers grace where the student-athlete was killed.

flowers for Jibri Bryan

Orange and white flowers at the site of Jibri Bryan’s death

Caleb Brown, a football player at Mercer, is looking to help ease the pain.  “I wanted to do something kind of quickly to help with the grief,” he said.  He painted a picture of Bryan, the way many remember him — smiling.


Jibri Bryan painting

Caleb Brown, a football player at Mercer painted this picture of Bryan

Bryan spoke to 41NBC in December encouraging people to help in their communities.

“Give back, man, always give back. No matter how big you become or how far you go just always give back,” Bryan said.

“The fact that it could’ve been any one of us is saddening and the fact that we lost a Mercer Bear hurts even worse,” Brown said.

“I’ll be a little more paranoid about it. I’ll be more concerned about what’s going on around me,” Dang said.


Statement from Mercer University President William D. Underwood:

“Tonight the Mercer community is grieving the tragic death of graduate student Jibri Bryan, who has been part of the University family for six years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bryan family.”


Statement from Mercer University Athletic Director Jim Cole:

“First and foremost, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Bryans. The Mercer athletic family is deeply saddened by Jibri’s passing. Jibri was always cheerful and greeted everyone in the department with a smile. He will not only be missed by his basketball family but by all of us in the University Athletic Department.


Statement from Mercer University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Hoffman:

“Jibri Bryan was a special young man who was a great contributor to our team and did everything that was asked of him. He was important to us in every way. I loved him and cared about him from the very first time he was on our campus. We grew to be very close over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his special family.”






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