Madison Central baseball star shot and killed in Atlanta - - Jackson, MS

Madison Central baseball star shot and killed in Atlanta

It is a sad day for the Madison Central community. 

Local law enforcement has confirmed that 2010 MLB first round pick Ryan Bolden was shot and killed late Wednesday night. 

He was 23 years old.

According to FOX 5 in Atlanta (, Bolden was the victim of an incident at an apartment complex. Children were fighting over candy at the complex when adults got involved. The incident turned violent around 8:30pm when shots were fired.

The Los Angeles Angels selected Bolden with the 40th overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. The outfielder was an Ole Miss signee, but elected to go pro. He hit .347 with 8 home runs and 30 RBI as Madison Central won the 2010 6A State Championship.

Bolden played four seasons of professional baseball, all with the Angels organization. He had 2 HRs, 35 RBI, and 21 steals in the Arizona League. Bolden played 7 games with the Orem Owlz in the Pioneer League in 2013. 

After that stint, he left the organization due to back problems.

Angels scouting director Ric Wilson told that Bolden was a high character person. "He was a tremendous young man. He was very polite, he worked hard, he respected himself, he respected people, he respected authority and he just did whatever he could to make himself a better baseball player...He was just a really good young man, and came from a really good family. It's heartbreaking; it really is."

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