PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Point Park University student and elite Track and Field athlete has died in a drowning accident in Alabama.

According to university officials, 19-year-old Tyler Deshon Carter passed away Wednesday in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

tyler deshon carter Point Park University Student Dies In Drowning Accident In Alabama

(Source: Point Park University)

He was a rising sophomore, a history major and a member of the university’s Men’s Track & Field Team.

Carter, a Penn Hills native, was in Alabama to compete in the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship. The university says he was ranked No. 4 nationally in the triple jump and set to compete on Saturday.

Point Park University President Paul Hennigan has released this statement on Carter’s death:

“The Point Park University family is devastated by this loss. Tyler was more than just an impressive athlete – he was an excellent student and an even better person. Our love, prayers and support are with his family and friends.”

Carter was a graduate from Trinity Christian School.

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