Football fans woke up to tragic news this morning when they learned that running back Otis Anderson Jr. was shot and killed by his father. His mother, Denise, was also shot.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said that the shooting occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Monday night, near the Forest Trails off 1-295.
The footballer, who fans dubbed “Juice,” was taken to the hospital, but he passed away from his injuries.
The primary suspect in the case is Anderson’s father, Otis Lee Anderson Senior. He was arrested around 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning and charged with two counts of second-degree murder.
A court hearing will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. Current information reveals that Anderson Sr., aged 52, is not eligible for bond. Descriptions for both charges read that he is being charged for “Murder / Dangerous act evincing a depraved mind w/o premed,” which means authorities do not believe that either murder was premeditated at this time.
Fans and teammates of the UCF Knights took to Twitter in order to express their condolences.
Former Teammates Mourn The Loss Of Footballer ‘Juice’
Horrible text to wake up to. RIP OTIS ANDERSON JR. Feels awful even writing Jr after being killed by your own father . I pray your mother makes it, if not she will see you in paradise. Prayers to you and your loved ones. https://t.co/8Noczs65ow
— Livin215 (@livin215) November 30, 2021
UCF Knights teammates Dillon Gabriel, Marlon Williams, Tay Gowan, and Kelton Jordan Johnson all tweeted their condolences for the late athlete.
“RIP JUICE! Love you 2!” Gabriel tweeted.
“Nooooooooo!!!!! What happened!!!!!!!!!” Gowan wrote. “This not real … R.I.P Otis Aka Goatis!! UCF forever!! My Running back 4Life”
“I loss one of my closest friends last night,” Johnson tweeted. I am not okay.”
Fifth Quarter SMU also tweeted out their condolences, saying, “Wow, prayers up for the friends and family of Otis Anderson. Really puts a lot into perspective about what’s actually important. Thoughts are with the UCF family through this.”
They added, “Can we please get a [peace-symbol emoji] on this yard line for next season @TerryMohajirAD? Would be a nice homage and bring back one of the greatest memories given to us by Otis.”
The peace symbol is a reference to the time Otis flashed the peace sign as he was running.
Fans Share Their Condolences: ‘Knight Nation Is Heartbroken’
— Marlon Williams (@TheReall__6) November 30, 2021
“I am so sorry,” one fan tweeted. “This sucks so much. Knight nation is heartbroken.”
“So sorry Tay,” another wrote. “I hope Otis knows how adored he is by everyone at UCF. RIP GOATIS.”
“I’m devastated,” another fan shared. “This is a nightmare.”
“Put everything into perspective real quick,” said another. “Hope you are doing ok and best of luck.”
“Holy Spirit please comfort us all,” another shared. “I am praying with you and for you Grandson. We all loved Otis. Praying continually for his mother and family.”