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Friday, February 6, 2004
Reasons for Turner's, 21, suicide unknown

Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. -- A former Colorado running back committed suicide this week, authorities said Friday.

The body of Bryan A. Turner, 21, was found Monday at his home in Lafayette, Boulder County Coroner Tom Faure said. He had hanged himself.

Colorado athletics spokesman Dave Plati said Turner was a walk-on running back in 2001, but never played in a game. He quit the team after that season and returned for about a month last year before leaving the team for good.

Lafayette Police Chief Paul Schultz could not immediately say if his department ever responded to Turner's home or if there was any indication why he committed suicide. University police said there is no record of the department ever contacting Turner.

The football program is reeling from a scandal amid accusations that it used sex and alcohol to lure recruits. University spokeswoman Pauline Hale said officials have no knowledge that the suicide has anything to do with the scandal.

A memorial service for Turner was held Friday.