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Father of National Football League hopeful killed in South Florida

The father of Florida State University football star and West Palm Beach native Travis Rudolph was shot and killed this weekend The father of Florida State University football star and West Palm Beach native Travis Rudolph was shot and killed this weekend
Montrelle Montesinos | 24 Abril, 2017, 19:01

The father of former Florida State University wide receiver Travis Rudolph has died as a result of an accidental shooting in West Palm Beach, Florida, just days before Rudolph hopes to be selected in the National Football League draft.

Sheriff's Office says the shooting was "accidental".

Investigators determined Rudolph was at the club repairing items that needed to be repaired when the gunshot came from an adjacent room while another coworker was moving a firearm off a shelf, according to the release. He was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

Travis Rudolph, a Cardinal Newman High School graduate, made national headlines for sitting with a child who had autism at lunch during a school visit a year ago in Tallahassee.

The boys mother thanked Rudolph in a Facebook post which later went viral.

Instead, Rudolph is dealing with the tragic news that his father, Darryl, died from an accidental shooting Friday morning.

Rudolph finished his college football career as a top 10 receiver in FSU history, with 153 receptions (seventh) and 2,311 yards receiving (eighth). He also scored 18 career touchdowns.

You may not recognize the name, but Travis Rudolph is the same FSU player who made waves on social media after he sat with autistic middle school student who was sitting alone during lunch time.

Rudolph is expected to be picked in the fifth or sixth round of the NFL Draft.