Former Oklahoma defensive lineman Du’Vonta Lampkin was found dead of a gunshot wound Thursday night. He was 25.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Lampkin’s friends discovered him around 10 p.m. He was staying at an apartment that was being rented out as an Airbnb because he was moving into a new apartment.
Friends went to the apartment to check on Lampkin after failing to reach him by phone, police said. His backpack, cellphone and wallet were missing, police said.
The Dallas Police Department sent a tweet Friday morning asking for help from anyone who could have information about Lampkin’s death.
Homicide on S. Ervay St. On Thursday, May 5, 2022, at approximately 10:10 p.m., officers found the victim, Du’Vonte Lampkin, a 25-year-old male dead. DPD is asking for anyone with info to contact Det. Rodriguez, at 214-671-3994 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. pic.twitter.com/Rj6XgQdTrd
— Dallas Police Dept (@DallasPD) May 6, 2022
After news of Lampkin's death broke Friday morning, Oklahoma football shared its condolences.
The OU Football family is deeply saddened by the tragic passing of former player Du'Vonta Lampkin. Du'Vonta was full of life and spirit, was a supportive teammate and a joy to be around. Our sincerest thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with his family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/hV8zEFawmO
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) May 6, 2022
Lampkin played at Oklahoma from 2015-17 and appeared in 17 games with two starts in his college career. He had 22 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss in 13 games as a junior in 2017 and turned pro after that season. He wasn’t taken in the 2018 NFL draft and signed with the Tennessee Titans ahead of training camp. He was waived before the season and most recently played in the National Arena League in 2019.
A native of Cypress Falls, Texas, Lampkin was a three-star recruit in the class of 2015. He initially committed to Oklahoma and signed with Texas. He never played for the Longhorns and joined Oklahoma ahead of his freshman season.