In a devastating incident, 18-year-old college freshman Jillian Ludwig lost her life after being hit in the head by a stray bullet while walking on a track, according to authorities. Initially in “extremely critical condition,” Ludwig succumbed to her injuries overnight, as announced by Nashville police on Thursday morning.
Shaquille Taylor, 29, was initially apprehended and charged with aggravated assault and evidence tampering for allegedly firing the shot, the police reported. The tragic turn of events has prompted discussions with the District Attorney’s Office regarding potential modified charges in light of Ludwig’s death.
The shooting occurred at Edgehill Community Memorial Gardens Park, where Taylor, situated across the street, allegedly aimed at a car but inadvertently struck Ludwig while she was on the track.
Jillian Ludwig, a New Jersey native and Belmont University music business major, was described by Belmont University President Greg Jones as an avid runner with a passion for music. Known for her love of music, Ludwig was often seen at concerts, supporting fellow musicians, and using music as a means of connecting with others.
President Jones expressed the community’s struggle with grief, anger, anxiety, and fear in the face of senseless violence. He pledged to deepen conversations with Metro officials to enhance safety measures near Belmont, emphasizing the commitment of the Campus Security team to campus safety.
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In response to the tragedy, plans for additional resources and support for the community are underway, with collaboration between campus leaders and local pastors. President Jones also announced intentions for a time to remember and celebrate Jillian’s life, with details to be disclosed when available. The incident has left the community in mourning and heightened concerns about safety in the vicinity of the university.