The daughter of former NFL and Penn State linebacker Brandon Short has tragically lost her life, according to reports.
Investigators found 26-year-old Karli Short suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead on the scene, according to the Allegheny County Police Department.
“My heart is broken,” Brandon Short wrote on Facebook. “I’ve lost the light of my life, my oldest daughter Karli passed away this morning in a senseless act of gun violence. The love she had was so pure and true. The world lost a beautiful soul. Thank you to everyone who has reached out and please keep our family in your prayers as we struggle through this difficult time.”
The 44-year-old was a fourth-round pick of the New York Giants in the 2000 NFL Draft. He played seven seasons in the NFL with the Giants and the Carolina Panthers.
Before heading into the NFL, Short was a standout linebacker, two-time captain, and All-American at Penn State under coach Joe Paterno. He was named defensive MVP of the 1998 Citrus Bowl.
“Our hearts go out to Trustee Brandon Short and Karli Short’s family and friends during this difficult time,” Penn State President Eric Barron said, according to the Tribune-Review. “My heart is heavy as I think about the traumatic effect this tragic loss of a young person will have on the entire McKeesport community.”
Following his retirement, Short serves as a member of the Pennsylvania State University’s Board of Trustees.
Karli Short was working at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at the time of her death.
Homicide detectives have started an investigation into her death, according to the Allegheny County Police Department.