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Former Arizona Western Football Player Found Dead in Washington

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Former Arizona Western College Football player Bryce Beekman was found dead in Pullman, Wash.

A former student-athlete at Arizona Western College has been found dead in Washington state.

The Associated Press reports Bryce Beekman, 22, a senior defensive back on the Washington State football team, was found dead in his apartment by police in Pullman, Wash.
Police said there were no signs of foul play and the Whitman County Coroner will determine the cause of death. Reports say police were responding to a call of someone experiencing shortness of breath. It has not been announced if the death is related to COVID-19.
Beekman had started all 13 games for the Cougars after transferring from AWC.
In a released statement, Tim Slack, AWC's sports information director and associate athletic director, said "Beekman was a transcendent football player during his time at Arizona Western and impacted many lives in the community. Arizona Western College is deeply saddened by his loss and sends our deepest sympathies to Bryce's family and loved ones."

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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