UAB freshman dies from gunshot wound

UAB freshman linebacker Allen Merrick died Friday morning from a gunshot wound sustained a day earlier near his home in Gadsden, Ala. He was 19.

Gadsden police are calling the incident an accidental shooting. It remains under investigation, Sgt. Marcus Hill told WBRC Channel 6.

Merrick died at UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

Earlier Friday, Blazers head coach Bill Clark had released a statement asking for prayers for Merrick and his family.

“Please pray for the family of Allen Merrick, a young man who joined our UAB Football Family this season. Allen was visiting home in Gadsden yesterday when he suffered a gunshot wound,” Clark said. “He is at UAB Hospital where I’ve been with Allen’s family, but I do not have a condition I can share at this time. I ask that everyone please respect his family’s privacy and keep them all in your prayers.”

Merrick was a three-star recruit in the Class of 2020 from Gadsden City High School.

He is the second UAB football player to die this offseason. Frehman safety Jamari Smith, 18, drowned in a lake in Alabama in May.