Police say that defensive lineman, Taylor Bradford, was shot around 10 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Carpenter student and athlete apartment complex on Central Avenue, right across from the campus.
Bradford told one of his friends that he needed to go back to the apartment to get some keys, and that's when police say a gunman shot him. Bradford got back into his car and drove one block where he crashed into a tree.
Medics took him to the hospital where he later died.
The university put the dorms on lockdown after the shooting took place.
No suspects have been arrested in connection with Bradford's murder. Bradford was a junior transfer from Samford University. He worked as a member of the Tigers defensive scout team last season, but had not played this season.
Earlier Sunday night, Bradford stopped by all the sorority houses with his fraternity brothers to encourage all the sororities to participate in an upcoming fraternity event in order to promote diversity.
Right after the incident, students stood in sweatshirts, hugging and some crying outside Carpenter Complex and in Central parking lot, confused about what was going on.
"Taylor was my brother," Bradford's friend and fraternity brother Will Terrell told the University of Memphis Daily Helmsman by phone from the hospital. "We will miss him dearly. He will be remembered. He loved to play football. He loved his family, he loved his friends and he loved Kappa. He was always full of innovation and ideas. If you were around him, you were going to have a good time."