Ohio State Wide Receiver Carnell Tate’s Mother Killed in Drive-By Shooting in Chicago

By Dan Hope on July 16, 2023 at 11:15 pm
Carnell Tate and his mother, Ashley Griggs

Ashley Griggs, the mother of Ohio State freshman wide receiver Carnell Tate, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Chicago this weekend.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Sunday that Griggs was the woman killed in a shooting in the Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago early Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Per ABC 7 Chicago, four other people were also injured in the shooting, though all of them are in fair condition. A suspect has not yet been identified, but one of the victims told police that the shooter was in a car when they opened fire.

Griggs was heavily involved in the recruiting process with her son, who grew up in Chicago although he played his final two years of high school football at IMG Academy in Florida.

As the news of his mother’s passing began to surface on Sunday, Tate received messages of support from throughout Buckeye Nation and the college football world.

The 7-on-7 team he played for in high school, South Florida Express, paid tribute to Griggs in a social media post.

Fellow Ohio State freshman wide receiver and SFE alumnus Brandon Inniss, 2025 Ohio State quarterback commit Tavien St. Clair and Ohio State walk-on wide receiver Nolan Baudo – who grew up with Tate in Chicago and played with Tate at Marist High School before his transfer to IMG Academy – were among those who publicly shared their support for Tate.

The All-American Bowl also tweeted support for its participant in last year’s game, as did several other recruits who know Tate from his high school days.

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