Son of Alabama assistant football coach dies in Columbia

Meiko Locksley, 25, found dead outside his home

COLUMBIA, Md. (WMAR) - The son of Alabama assistant football coach Mike Locksley was killed over the weekend. 

Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban gave his condolences to the Locksley family during a press conference Monday. 

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike, (his wife) Ms. Kia and the entire Locksley family over this tragedy," Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said. "We'll do everything we can to support Mike and his family in this time of tragedy."

Howard County Police say they found 25-year-old Meiko Anthony Locksley around 10:30 p.m. Sunday just outside of his home in the 5500 block of Harper's Road suffering from gunshot wounds.  

Locksley was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma, where he died overnight.

A neighbor told ABC2 she heard what sounded like a firecracker through her open window. She went outside to see Locksley lying on the sidewalk, bleeding with his head in the grass. 

According to police, multiple people called 911 reporting they heard a single gunshot outside of Locksley's home. 

"I walked into my brother's room which is right here and I looked outside and that's when I saw like all the fire trucks the ambulance and the police taping around my car," neighbor Jody Cole, 20, said.

Cole said her family's lived here 11 years, and she's stayed inside unless she's heading to school. Other neighbors confirmed the fears of getting tied up in illegal activities.

"There's a lot of stuff going on that we see but yeah.. (like drugs?) yeah," Cole said. 

She lives with younger siblings and other family members, and says there's lots of kids in the complex. "It's really scary especially with my brother here in the house with me so it's really like surreal," Cole said.

No additional information has been released about the suspect at this time. 

Mike Locksley serves as both a wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator. He served as an assistant at University of Maryland.

Investigators are looking for information from anyone who may have been in the area and heard, or seen, something around the time of the shooting.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact police at 410-313-STOP or HCPDcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov.

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