Ohio State player dead of self-inflicted gunshot

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Kosta Karageorge - Missing Ohio State Player - updated 11/30
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The OSU football team has arrived at the funeral service for Kosta Karageorge. http://t.co/ILdb3j2pYx
This photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 and provided by Ohio State university shows college football player Kosta Karageorge in Columbus, Ohio. The mother of a missing Ohio State football player has told police he texted her about his prior concussions the morning he disappeared. A missing-person report filed with Columbus police Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, 2014, says Karageorge told his mother he was sorry if he was an embarrassment but concussions had his head messed up. The 6-foot-5 senior missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and has not been heard from. (AP Photo/Ohio State University, Jay LaPrete)
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The OSU football team has arrived at the funeral service for Kosta Karageorge. http://t.co/ILdb3j2pYx
The mother of a missing Ohio State football player has told police he texted her about his prior concussions the morning he disappeared. A missing-person report filed with Columbus police Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, 2014, says Karageorge told his mother he was sorry if he was an embarrassment but concussions had his head messed up. (Sports Illustrated)
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kosta's family. He will be missed.
The mother of a missing Ohio State football player has told police he texted her about his prior concussions the morning he disappeared. A missing-person report filed with Columbus police Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, 2014, says Karageorge told his mother he was sorry if he was an embarrassment but concussions had his head messed up. (Sports Illustrated)
STATEMENT: OSUDA was shocked and saddened to learn today of the death of student-athlete Kosta Karageorge, a senior from Columbus. More>>
Cont. STATEMENT: ... Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time.
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Sgt. Rich Weiner said at 2:30pm a body was found in a dumpster. Found a man inside container. Identified him as Kosta Karageorge
Investigation as of now that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
The confirmation is through tattoos. Unsure of how long the body has been there
Phone call came from a woman and her son who were looking through dumpsters. Police have recovered a handgun
Weiner says neighbors they have talked to heard nothing. Unsure if gun was his. It was found in dumpster with body
Prayers out to the Karageorge family and all of his friends
Karageorge sent a text to his mother about how concussion spells were affecting him. Just continues the conversation to work on that issue
We're completely devastated to hear the news about Kosta Karageorge. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and teammates.
Missing OSU football player Kosta Karageorge found dead of apparent suicide in a dumpster behind Short North Kroger. http://t.co/VWZeXvBeFy
Police confirm the death of Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge. Initial report is that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot.
A police poster showing Kosta Karageorge, an Ohio State player who has been missing since earlier in the week, is displayed on the large video board at the south end of the field before the start of the Ohio State's NCAA college football game against Michigan Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio State football player who disappeared shortly after sending a text message about his concussions was found dead Sunday in a dumpster, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner said police received a call around 2:30 p.m. from someone reporting a body found in the trash bin. Weiner said a woman and her son apparently were looking for items in the dumpster when they found the body.

"At this time we are able to confirm through tattoos here at the scene that it is the body of Kosta Karageorge," Weiner said.

The police spokesman said the preliminary investigation showed that Karageorge apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He said a handgun was found in the dumpster.

Police found the body near the campus after a search began when Karageorge went missing Wednesday. The senior defensive tackle had last been seen at his apartment in Columbus, when his roommates said he left to go on a walk.

The body was found within a couple hundred yards of Karageorge's home and about a half block from High Street, the main artery of the campus. Sunday evening, no one answered when an Associated Press reporter knocked on the metal door of Karageorge's apartment.

Karageorge's parents filed a missing-person report Wednesday evening, and his mother, Susan Karageorge, told police he had had several concussions and a few spells of being extremely confused, according to the report. She said that at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday he texted a message apologizing and saying the concussions had messed up his head. "I am sorry if I am an embarrassment," he said.

A woman answering the phone Sunday at Susan Karageorge's home identified herself as a friend and said that neither Susan Karageorge nor other family members had any comment.

University athletic officials said they were grieved to learn of Karageorge's death.

"It's hit the team hard," team spokesman Jerry Emig said.

Missing Ohio State Lineman Kosta Karageorge Found Dead

Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith said in a text message when asked about any plans to honor the player or logistics for the team to attend the funeral that it was too soon to answer those questions. The Buckeyes will play Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

A former Ohio State wrestler, Karageorge joined the football team as a walk-on this season. He played in one game and was among two dozen seniors slated to be recognized at the final home game Saturday against rival Michigan. The Buckeyes won, 42-28.

At the game, starting defensive tackle Michael Bennett spoke fondly of Karageorge.

"He's got a great personality, one of the favorite people I've ever met - just an interesting guy and a big heart," Bennett said.

During halftime at the No. 16 Ohio State men's basketball game against James Madison in Columbus, pictures of Karageorge were shown and an announcement was made urging people with any information to contact police.

After Karageorge went missing, the team's physician, Dr. Jim Borchers, said he could not comment on the medical care of student athletes. But, he added, "We are confident in our medical procedures and policies to return athletes to participation following injury or illness."

The player's sister, Sophia Karageorge, told The Columbus Dispatch that he apparently was upset, and roommates said he went for a walk, dressed in black from his hat to his boots.

"We're very concerned that he's not himself and that he maybe doesn't know what's going on," she told the newspaper.

She said after each concussion he followed trainers' instructions and received proper care but "his repercussions from (concussions) have been long-term or delayed."

She said he was without his wallet and his motorcycle.

Coach Urban Meyer described Karageorge as a hard worker and an important player in practice.

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