Carlos Gray, a former Packer defensive lineman and Alabama native, was found shot to to death from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Monday night in his east Jefferson County home .
Jefferson County police and Center Point Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the house on Balboa Terrace around 9;56 p.m. after a friend found Gray, 25, wounded and unresponsive, ESPN reported. According to police, Gray’s girlfriend said she last saw him before she left the house about an hour before police arrived. Police said a search of the residence turned up marijuana, digital scales, a Glock handgun with an extended magazine and an AK-47 rifle with a large capacity magazine.
Gray, who played at nearby Pinson Valley High School and went on to play college ball at North Carolina State, did not get selected in the 2014 NFL Draft after leaving college in his junior year. He reportedly signed a a three-year $1.5 million contract with the Packers as a free agent later that year, but was released from the team in 2015. Gray then returned home to Alabama, where he worked renovating houses and selling cars.
Friends and family members mourned his loss on social media Tuesday.
“He was truly a gentle giant with a big heart,” one family member wrote on Facebook. “He will truly be missed. Gone too soon.”