Tampa Police have still not found the person responsible for robbing and then gunning down the UT cross country runner early last Wednesday, August 19.
That morning, TPD reported that UT senior Ryan McCall and his friend Michael J. Harahan from Philadelphia, were walking back on the N. Boulevard bridge from The Retreat Bar when a man walked up to them and demanded money.
TPD also reported that Harahan, not a UT student, ran to a friend’s house to call the police and that is when he heard a gunshot. When the police arrived they found McCall dead.
The incident occurred at 3 a.m. at the bottom of the N. Boulevard Bridge where N. Boulevard intersects with W. Palm Avenue.
The police described the suspect as a black man in his mid 20s to 30s wearing a white shirt, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 180 pounds with a husky build, short hair and possible facial hair. It was also reported that the suspect had a handgun.
Anyone with information is asked to call (813) 276-3200.
McCall was a Cross Country Runner and an Exercise Science major from Downingtown, Pa. The Tampa Tribune reported that McCall’s brother also ran Cross Country for UT.
UT has made grief counselours available for students, staff and faculty.
According to the Daily Local News, McCall’s viewing for family and friends will be held Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 5 to 9 p.m. at The Donohue Funeral Home, 43 W. Lancaster Ave. in Downingtown, Pa. The funeral will be at St. Joseph Church at 11 a.m. on 335 Manor Ave., in Downingtown, Pa.
The family has also set up a fund in honor of Ryan McCall. For more information visit http://www.ryanmccallmemorialfund.com/. Donations can be made at any Wachovia branch, payable to Kevin or Joanne McCall with Ryan McCall Memorial fund on the memo line.