Police Report Excerpt:
At 8:13 AM the Fernandina Beach Police Department responded to the report of a deceased male. The victim has now been identified as 21 year old, David Aaron Douglas of Maryville, Tenn. The national media has been reporting that Douglas was a student at the University of Alabama and was a member of the football team. Our agency is referring any questions related to the University to the University of Alabama.University of Alabama Press Release Excerpt:
According to witness accounts, the victim reportedly left his friends last night after dinner to go by taxi cab to Jacksonville. While enroute he was apparently contacted by two local women and invited to a party at the First Avenue address. He arrived at the party by cab at approximately 11:00 PM – 11:30 PM and was seen at the residence as late as 2:00 AM.
When the male resident and others woke this morning they found the victim on the second floor balcony apparently deceased. The police and EMS were called and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
"It is with tremendous sadness that we received the news of the passing of Aaron Douglas," said Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore. "Our prayers and sympathies are with the Douglas family at this tragic time."
"It is a tragedy anytime you lose someone close to you and even more so when it is a member of your family," said UA head football coach Nick Saban. "Aaron was a part of our family and always will be a part of our family at Alabama. He was an outstanding young man and we were excited about what he had accomplished as a player and a person in the short time he was with us.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, David and Karla, who are two of the best people you will ever meet and the love they had for their son was something very special. As a father, there is nothing we can say to describe the loss of a son. Our Alabama family has sustained a tragic loss and the Alabama family is grieving that loss. We will be here to support Aaron's family in any way we can."