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Police can't pinpoint motive for WSU's Tyler Hilinksi's suicide

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PULLMAN, Wash. -- Police said Tuesday that an investigation has not found "any particular motive" for the suicide of Tyler Hilinksi, a Washington State University quarterback.

He was found shot to death on Jan. 16, and his death was later ruled a suicide. A rifle and suicide note were found nearby.

Police say Hilinski was last seen on the morning of his death about 8:45 when he dropped off a teammate for class. He failed to show up for a team weightlifting session at 2 p.m., but coaches couldn't reach him by telephone.

Police were asked to make a welfare check, but went to the wrong apartment complex.

Two of his teammates got the the Aspen Village Apartments first. They forced their way in when their knock on the door was not answered, police say.

They discovered Hilinksi just as police officers arrived.

The gun used was a .223-caliber rifled that belonged to a former teammate, police said. Police believe Hilinski took the rifle without former teammates's knowledge on or before Jan. 12.

Police say state law restricts the release of the details of a suicide note to family members.

The investigation remains open as toxicology tests are being performed.



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