The family of Gregory Bryant, the UAB running back who was shot in Florida and declared brain dead Sunday morning, says he is still hooked to machines while his parents decide whether to allow the donation of his organs.
Bryant, 21, was driving on Interstate 95 early Saturday en route to the home of his grandmother when he was shot and a passenger, Maurice Grover, was wounded. Bryant, 21, was in town just a few days to spend Mother's Day with his mom and grandmother, said Allen Mosley, Bryant's uncle.
"I guess God needed a running back, and Greg's number was called," Mosley said. "He was a hungry, humble kid who just had a passion to play pro football."
A West Palm Beach police spokeswoman, Detective Lori Colombino, gave no updates Monday on the investigation. No arrests have been made. Mosley said police have not given the family any insight into the investigation.
Mosley said the family just wants an arrest so the killer or killers face justice.
"We are not interested in revenge," Mosley said. "That will not bring Greg back."
Bryant was heavily recruited when he graduated from American Heritage High in Delray Beach in 2013. He started his career at Notre Dame but was declared academically ineligible and left the school. He spent last season attending ASA College, a junior college in Miami, where he played in just one game. He transferred to UAB earlier this year and was the biggest name in UAB's first recruiting class since the school restarted its football program.
Because UAB won't play again until the 2017 season, Bryant was allowed to enroll in classes in January and could have become eligible to play after spending an academic year at the school.
His grandmother, Annette Kelley, told WPEC she is looking for answers because "a coward killed my baby."
In Birmingham, Alabama, teammates were mourning Bryant's death.
"This guy did a complete 180," said Timothy Alexander, the life coach for UAB's football team, told WBRC. "People counted Greg out. Greg counted himself in. It shows what one man can do when you believe in yourself."
Alexander had been scheduled to pick up Bryant from the airport on Sunday.
"This is our brother," Alexander said. "It's someone's son. It happened to this man's mom on Mother's Day. It hurts."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.