Indiana footballer Cam Wilson's father found dead hours after his mother was fatally shot in the head
Wilson's mother, Cassondra was found with a gunshot wound to the head on Friday, May 8 in an apartment in Columbus, Indiana
COLUMBUS, INDIANA: The parents of Indiana football player Cam Wilson were found dead in what the authorities believe is a possible case of murder-suicide.
Wilson's mother, Cassondra was found with a gunshot wound to the head on Friday, May 8 in an apartment in Columbus, Indiana. Cassondra, 45, had been a prominent businesswoman whose death was ruled as a homicide. The authorities revealed that she did not live at the apartment where she was found dead. Around three hours after Cassondra's death, her former husband Troy Wilson was discovered dead inside an office building located in Indianapolis.
According to an autopsy report, he had died by suicide. Columbus Police Lt Matt Harris shared that investigators had initially not been open to label the case as a murder-suicide but had revealed that Troy had been a POI (person of interest) with regards to Cassondra's death.
Harris had also shared that Cassondra had a valid restraining order against her ex-husband Troy. The pair had divorced last year in May and are survived by three children which includes footballer Cam. The 21-year-old had been a stand out receiver while at the Columbus East High School and had also earned the title of Indiana Football Coaches Association All-Star before he graduated back in 2016.
He had been transferred to Indiana University in 2018 from Illinois State but was forced to sit out his first year given NCAA transfer rules. Indiana head coach, Tom Allen issued a statement regarding the death of Cam's parents on Sunday.
The statement read, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Cam and his family. We've been in contact and communication with Cam once we learned of this tragedy. He is a tremendous young man, and we will continue to assist and support him in any and all ways."
"We ask everyone to respect Cam and his family's privacy during this difficult time," the statement continued. A GoFundMe page was created to help raise money for Cassondra's funeral expenses. She had been the founder and CEO of a company called Trainerconnect which gives specialized training and certification for employers in the area. She had also been appointed to serve as a member of the state's Minority Business Council and on the Governor's Commission for Supplier Diversity.
The former Columbus Mayor Fred Armstrong recalled how he had met Cassondra at the Ivy Tech Community and said that she was "sharp as a tack and so easy to talk to—just a nice human being," Daily Mail reports.
"She was just a great lady, just a good human being. She will be really missed," he added. Cassondra's GoFundMe page read, "From the time we were kids to her tragic passing; our hardworking, fun-loving mother was the center of our universe. Passionate about the future of her kids as well as people in the community. Cassondra devoted her life to helping people reach their full potential. The love we all carry in our hearts for Cassondra will be her lasting legacy and impression on the world."
Social media users shared their condolences and commented on Cam's Twitter post. One such user wrote, "I’m so sorry for your loss, Cam. Sending all my prayers and love your way." Another user added, "Cam, this breaks my heart. Praying for you and your family at this time. May your beautiful Mom rest now in Paradise."