Tributes pour in for two men killed in Jacksonville shooting after they are identified on social media
22-year-old Elijah Clayton and 27-year-old Taylor Robertson were both killed when David Katz opened fire around at the GLHF Game Bar in the Jacksonville Landing shopping center
The two victims killed in Sunday’s mass shooting in Jacksonville during a video game tournament have been identified on social media.
22-year-old Elijah Clayton and 27-year-old Taylor Robertson were both killed when a man who was later identified as David Katz opened fire around 1:30 p.m. at the GLHF Game Bar in the Jacksonville Landing shopping center.
Katz, a 24-year-old gamer from Baltimore, Maryland was in Jacksonville for the tournament. He used at least one handgun in the shooting.
Both the men were 'Madden' payers, a football video game played competitively, according to their player profiles on EA Sports — the maker of the Madden franchise.
Family and friends identify Madden tournament shooting victims as Elijah Clayton and Taylor Robertson— best tech trade (@besttechtrade) August 27, 2018
Eli Clayton, aka TrueBoy, who is being reported as one of the victims of the fatal Madden shooting. EA Sports
Family and friends have named the two victims who died dur… pic.twitter.com/bqJx9r06wt
Clayton was first identified on the Twitter account of the Calabasas High School football team, on which he was a former player. "Our hearts are broken as we learned that former Calabasas Football player @True_818 (Elijah Clayton) was senselessly murdered today during the mass shooting in Florida,” the tweet read. “We send our love, condolences, and deepest sense of sorrow to Elijah’s Family and Friends.”
Our hearts are broken as we learned that former Calabasas Football player @True__818 (Elijah Clayton) was senselessly murdered today during the mass shooting in Florida. We send our love, condolences, and deepest sense of sorrow to Elijah's Family and Friends pic.twitter.com/xhdQ8TLg0d— CHS Coyote Football (@CalabasasFtball) August 27, 2018
According to his Clayton's EA Sports page, he hailed from Woodland Hills, California. He went by the name “True,” according to the page, which states he was “consistently one of the best in competitive Madden.”
News outlets have identified one of the victims of the #JacksonvilleShooting as Taylor Robertson. A profile on EA Sports has a person with that same name listed as being from Ballard, West Virginia. Others in the gaming community have identified him as one of the victims. pic.twitter.com/siEqv1U7BD— Dave Mistich (@davemistich) August 27, 2018
In an article on the EA Sports page, Clayton described himself as “really easy to get along with.”
“I’m not a troublemaker,” he said. “I’m always laughing and joking around. I’m just me, a cool dude. There’s really nowhere to go but up, honestly.”
Others in the gaming community have referred to Clayton as “Trueboy,” and in a live video of the tournament on which audio of the shooting was captured, Clayton is playing in a game when what appears to be a red laser targeting dot appears on his red sweatshirt before gunfire erupts.
Robertson, of Ballard, West Virginia, was identified on Twitter by professional e-sports team Dot City Gaming, on which he was a member.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the senseless violence in Jacksonville and the tragic deaths of Dot City gaming team member, Taylor ‘SpotMePlzzz’ Robertson, and Eli ‘Trueboy’ Clayton,’ ” a tweet read.
Robertson was a married father, according to his Twitter account. His EA Sports page read that Robertson won last season’s Madden Classic. The page added that he “has the skill to completely take over any Madden tournament.”
Katz fatally shot himself at the scene of the shooting after killing two and leaving nine people hospitalized. All of the surviving victims were said to be in a stable condition on Sunday night, according to various reports.
A GoFundMe page has been launched to help the families of Clayton and Robertson.