Cougars Remember Hunter
Saint Xavier University and the SXU football program is mourning the passing of former Cougar student-athlete Josh Hunter.
Hunter, 25, died May 8 at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. He had been reportedly shot multiple times around 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 5 in the 15500 block of Drexel Ave. in Dolton.
The Cook County medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, and determined Hunter died of “complications of multiple gunshot wounds.”
Hunter was a graduate of Thornridge High School in Dolton. The 2015 SXU graduate played running back for the Cougars from 2011-15. On the field, Hunter compiled more than 900 rushing yards and six touchdowns over four seasons, while studying Sociology.
"Josh was a hard-working, respectable young man and our SXU Football family is devastated by the news of his passing," said Saint Xavier head coach Mike Feminis. "It is extremely difficult to try and wrap your head around something like this that seems so senseless and cruel. Our heart goes out to Josh's family and we will certainly keep them in our thoughts and prayers."
A memorial service for Hunter was held Friday, May 11, at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Harvey. A candlelight vigil was held that night on the football field at Thornwood High School in South Holland.