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25-year-old son of former Maryland football coach Mike Locksley killed in shooting in Columbia

Meiko Anthony Locksley, 25, a son of former Maryland interim football coach Mike Locksley, was killed in a shooting Sunday night in Columbia.

Howard County Police reported that officers were called to the 5500 block of Harpers Farm Road at approximately 10:20 p.m. for a report of an adult male with a gunshot wound. Callers reported hearing a single gunshot in the neighborhood, and a resident located Locksley outside and called 911.

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Locksley, of Grand Banks Road in Columbia, was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead overnight.

Police had no additional information about a possible suspect or motive. Investigators are seeking information from anyone who may have been in the area and heard or seen something around the time of the shooting.

Mike Locksley, who played at Towson State, is Alabama's wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator. He was Maryland's running backs coach from 1997 to 2002, then returned to College Park as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2012 to 2015, taking over as interim coach in 2015 after Randy Edsall was fired.

A Washington native, Locksley was a head coach at New Mexico from 2009 to 2011, when he was fired. Meiko Locksley played eight games for the Lobos in 2011. He arrived at the school in 2010 as a safety after starting his career as a quarterback at Youngstown State, and later studied at Towson.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday: "Mike Locksley had a family tragedy. His son was killed. I just want everybody to understand that our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike, [wife] Kia and the entire Locksley family over this tragedy. We'll do everything we can to support Mike and his family in this time of tragedy."

An Alabama spokesman confirmed that Mike Locksley is with his family, away from the team.
Baltimore Sun news services contributed to this article.
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