Rentz Jr., Louisville football recruit, killed in Orlando

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Dexter Rentz Jr. — who had committed to play college football in the fall with the Louisville Cardinals — will not have that opportunity now. He died late last night.

He was shot and killed at approximately 11:20 pm when the authorities responded to a shots fired call. Rentz Jr. was the only one so far, who passed away from his injuries. 

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There were four individuals, who were shot at the scene on Elese Street and Deerock Drive. 

According to the Orlando Sentinel, an individual was detained following the call. However, it was determined later through their investigation that this individual had nothing to do with the shooting. 

“I got the phone call today about some sad news about the loss of one of my [nine] guys that have signed on to play college football,” Ocoee assistant coach Henry Anderson wrote on Facebook on Sunday at 2:17 a.m. “Not only [have] I lost a good kid but lost a brother.”

Rentz Jr. was a former Ocoee High School football player. He was a wide receiver and cornerback at the school.

This past December, Rentz Jr. and Lovie Jenkins signed with the Cardinals. Both were scheduled to enroll at the school in June. 

“Found out one of the players I know lost his life tonight,” local trainer Aaron Jones wrote in a Facebook post at 1:40 a.m. “Feeling really pained right now. Violence in Orlando taking too many lives.”

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