The University of South Florida is in mourning this week after the tragic news of a former student-athlete tragically lost his life.
The U.S. Coast Guard retrieved the body of 32-year-old Jon Lejiste in a waterway in West Palm Beach.
The USCG reached out to West Palm Beach police to gauge the public for help in identifying Lejiste since he was found with no identification.
Jon Lejiste’s family had reported him missing over the weekend.
The medical examiner conducted an autopsy and determined the death is not suspicious, West Palm Beach police said.
USF Football sent their condolences on Twitter saying:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Jon Lejiste. Lejiste was a much-loved member of our USF Football family, playing from 2009-2012 as a defensive back.”
Back in 2009, the safety appeared in 13 games and totaled 29 tackles, a TFL, a forced fumble, and a PBU. Lejiste redshirted the year prior.
The following season, he played in all 13 games and tallied 43 tackles, four sacks, 7.5 TFL, an INT, two PBU, and two forced fumbles. In 2011, he played in 12 games and posted 47 tackles, a sack, two TFL, an INT, two PBU, a forced fumble, and three fumble recoveries. His biggest game was against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish where he had 10 tackles.
In 2012, he played in only eight games while notching 18 tackles, an INT, and two PBU.
Rest in peace to the young man. We hope and pray his family and friends find peace with this news.
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