Written by Andrea Martin, Media by Jack Wang
Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge was found dead Sunday Nov. 30 after having been reported missing since Nov. 25. Karageorge’s body was found near OSU’s campus with a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. Police officials found his body in a dumpster where a handgun was also found.
Karageorge’s roommates said he had left their apartment at around 2 a.m., but never returned after Karageorge said he was going for a walk. Having not attended football practice on Wednesday or Thursday, his parents contacted the police. It was learned that Karageorge had suffered a series of concussions, and that before his death Karageorge had sent a text to his mother, in which he apologized for being an “embarrassment” as a result of the said concussions.
The 22-year-old was a defensive lineman for Ohio State’s football team, and was to celebrate senior day against the University of Michigan on Nov. 29. When seniors were being acknowledged, Ohio Stadium honored Karageorge, and asked for help in searching for him, and for everyone to keep him in their thoughts. OSU’s head coach Urban Meyer noted Karageorge’s absence on the team. “It’s unbelievable,” Meyer said after the game. “All you can do is grab a knee and play hard. I know there are a lot of prayers on the team because a lot of the guys are friends with Kosta. He was only with us since August, so I didn’t know him that well but talked to his mom a few times. Just come home safe, man.”
Before joining the football team as a walk-on, Karageorge had played for OSU’s wrestling team, but decided to forgo his final year. When Karageorge’s death was announced to OSU, the athletic department released a statement regarding the situation. “The Ohio State University Department of Athletics was shocked and saddened to learn today of the death of student-athlete Kosta Karageorge, a senior from Columbus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time.”