Kansas University is in mourning this week after the shocking news of a former athlete losing her life senselessly.
Police have arrested Chad Marek on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of his wife, former Kansas women’s soccer player Regan Gibbs, according to Chris Conde of the Lawrence Journal-World.
Marek called emergency dispatchers to say he had killed Gibbs and “God told him to do it.” First responders found Gibbs dead at the scene when they arrived. Lawrence police said they are investigating domestic violence as a “contributing factor” in Gibbs’ death.
Gibbs was a goalkeeper for the Jayhawks from 2015 to 2018, during which time the program reached the NCAA tournament on two occasions.
“Our soccer program is heartbroken to hear about the tragic loss of Regan,” coach Mark Francis said. “She was a tremendous teammate and young woman, and touched so many during her time at Kansas. Regan will always be remembered for the impact she had both on and off the field. We share our condolences to her family, friends and teammates during this difficult time.”
Marek will appear in court on May 24.