Officials said officers were called to the Aspen Village Apartments on NE Northwood Drive at 4:30 p.m.to check on the welfare of Tyler Hilinski, 21, after he did not show up to football practice earlier in the day. "Please keep my family in your prayers tonight", the tweet read.
Hilinski left behind a younger brother, Ryan Hilinski, also a quarterback who had just finished a record-setting season at Orange Lutheran High School.
Hilinski, a backup the past two seasons, was the presumed starter for the Cougars heading into his junior season.
Community members and students set up a memorial for Hilinski in front of the Cougar statue outside Martin Stadium. He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it.
Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Thoughts and prayers are with the Hilinski family. He was expected to lead Washington State onto the field next season as well.
Whitman County Coroner has issued statement saying it has completed its investigation into Tyler Hilinski's death. He appeared in eight games in 2017, including starting the Holiday Bowl against Michigan State.
Hilinski was from Claremont, California. They were met by campus and department counseling and psychological services, including the athletic department's on-staff clinical psychologist and a licensed mental health counselor, along with the department's medical team.
He played in eight games in the 2017 season, highlighted by the September 9 game where he led the Cougars to a triple-overtime win against Boise State.