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MSU Track Athlete Fatally Shot Saturday Night

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Tony Martin, a rising sophomore from Saginaw, was fatally shot in the early morning hours in Saginaw

Courtesy of @MSUTrackFieldXC Twitter account

Michigan State University Spartan track and field athlete Tony Martin passed away early Sunday morning after being gunned down at a gas station in Saginaw. Martin was 19 years old.

Martin competed in sprinting events and the long jump during his career at MSU. He had aspirations to compete in the Olympics one day. Michigan State Track and Field’s Twitter account posted the following tribute yesterday to their lost teammate:

According to Saginaw Police, Martin was one of two men who were fatally shot late Saturday night/early Sunday morning around 2:19 am at a Sunoco station in Saginaw. Martin died on the scene, while a 22-year-old male died from gunshot wounds after arriving at the hospital. A third shooting victim, a 25-year-old female, also was transported to the hospital and received treatment for non-life threatening injuries to the arm.

Martin made his debut as a freshman with a second-place finishing time of 6.95 in the 60-meter dash at the Grand Valley State University Holiday Open in December.

He also registered two top-five finishes in the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational at the University of Michigan in January. During his first collegiate long jump, he also took sixth place with a personal best jump of 6.66 meters at the Power Five Invitational, also in Ann Arbor at U of M, earlier this year.

Martin also set a personal record of 21.93 in the 200 meter dash. He also competed on the 4x400 relay team, and in the long jump at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

In addition to how own track program, the following programs also added their own condolences: