It is always an eerie feeling reading someone’s last Tweet, Facebook status or text before the die. It is like they are speaking to you from the grave and it lingers forever.
No one really knows what was going through OJ Murdock’s mind in the hours before committing suicide, but it was important to him to send out this text to a sports writer who had covered his career.
Murdock, 25, sent a text message to sports writer Bill Ward — who covered his career at Tampa’s Middleton High School — just hours before he shot himself Monday, according to the Tampa Tribune.
“Hey Mr Ward, it’s OJ Murdock…. I just want to thank u for everything you’ve done for me and my family. Can’t thank you enough,” the text read.
Murdock, who signed with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans last year, never responded to Ward’s reply sent four hours later: “Hi O.J. Thanks for those kind words. Are you recovered from the Achilles and back in camp with the (Titans)?”
Once again if you suspect anyone you know might be contemplating suicide reach out to them and offer to help.