Former UCF Football Star, NFL Player Otis Anderson Jr. Fatally Shot by His Dad: Deputies

Otis Anderson Jr., a former University of Central Florida football star who had a brief career with the NFL, was shot and killed by his own father during a domestic violence incident at a home in Jacksonville, Florida, on Monday night, according to officers.

The 23-year-old football player and his mother, Denise Anderson, were shot around 9:30 p.m. Monday, News 4 Jacksonville initially reported. Anderson Jr. died from his wounds, but his mother, who was hospitalized after the incident, has since been discharged.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that the shooting was carried out by Otis Lee Anderson Sr., who is Anderson Jr.'s father, according to The Orlando Sentinel. Anderson Sr. was arrested and booked in Duval County Jail on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder. He is being held without bond.

Denise Anderson told police that the shooting took place after her husband was bitten by Anderson Jr.'s girlfriend's dog, causing all three to get into a verbal altercation, the Sentinel reported. When officers arrived to the home, they found Anderson Jr. suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the chest, while Denise Anderson was suffering from multiple graze wounds.

"We have now confirmed and are devastated to hear of the passing of Otis Anderson Jr.," UCF Athletics wrote in a statement on Tuesday. "He was revered by his teammates, our fans, and everyone within Knight Nation. Our deepest condolences go out to everyone who loved Otis. He was taken too soon and will truly be missed."

Anderson Jr. spent four years playing football with the UCF Knights, amassing over 3,200 total yards while scoring 32 touchdowns, according to NBC Miami. This past summer, he signed a free-agent contract with the NFL's Los Angeles Rams before he was released by the team in September.

Otis Anderson Jr. Death
Football star Otis Anderson Jr., was reportedly shot and killed in a domestic incident Monday night. Here, Anderson Jr. ,(#2) hugs teammate quarterback Darriel Mack Jr. (#8) of the UCF Knights during the fourth quarter of the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl between LSU and Central Florida at State Farm Stadium on January 1, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Dozens of supporters, fellow teammates, and fans have since offered their condolences over his death.

"Saddened and stunned by the passing of Otis Anderson Jr. Tough and gritty, fun and full of laughter, he made such a positive impact on our university, community, and our locker room. He was an unbelievable teammate. My condolences go out to the entire UCF family," former UCF head coach Josh Heupel tweeted Tuesday.

A number of fellow players also honored Anderson Jr. on Tuesday, with some calling him by the nickname "Juice."

"I'll never forget that million dollar smile Juice..heartbroken is an understatement. I'll see you again one day lil bro," tweeted Florida State University football quarterback McKenzie Milton.

"He was a lifter, he was the person that brought everybody else together. Just selfless. ... Just wanting to see other people succeed. Never a dull moment around. He was hilarious. Always cracking jokes," added former UCF and Ed White High offensive lineman Jordan Johnson said Tuesday, according to News 4 Jacksonville.

Several Rams players, including Jalen Ramsey, Terrell Burgess, Sebastian Joseph-Day and David Long Jr. also took to social media to share their thoughts and prayers for Anderson Jr.

"Rest in Heaven Otis 🙏🏾
We gotta do better on this earth smh. Big prayers up 🙏🏾," wrote Ramsey.

Newsweek reached out to the Sheriff's office for comment.

Updated 11/30/2021 at 6:32 p.m. ET: This story has been updated with additional information and to confirm Anderson Jr. was shot and killed by his father.