Friends remember Madison Central's Ryan Bolden - - Jackson, MS

Friends remember Madison Central's Ryan Bolden

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
MADISON, MS (WLBT) - We talked to Ryan Bolden in 2010, the year he graduated from Madison Central High School and was drafted into the Los Angeles Angels organization. 

"It's a really big deal, really big deal for me and my family, and all I've worked on all my life," he told us. 

A life and a baseball career cut tragically short. The 23-year-old was killed Wednesday night in Atlanta. Reportedly some kids were fighting over candy at an apartment complex, adults got involved, and Bolden was shot in the chest. 

Courtney Sanders was a high school friend who kept in touch with him. 

"I didn't believe it at all," said Sanders. "I was like, how could somebody hurt him? He was too sweet. Everybody loved Bolden. Whenever he walked into a room, we would all be like, oh my gosh you're here. He was probably trying to stop the kids from fighting, whatever was going on. He was just a sweetheart." 

"This is my third player to lose in my 20 years of coaching, said former Madison Central baseball coach Gregg Perry. "It's never easy, not something you want to hear."  

Perry says, athletically, Ryan Bolden was the total package. 

"All those things, speed, hitting, running, throwing," he says. 

Perry says Bolden had not yet played a Major League game. A back injury put him out for a while. 

"If he would have stayed healthy, the sky was the limit, said Perry. He had probably the most total skills of any player I've ever coached." 

Atlanta Police believe they know who pulled the trigger, but no arrest has been made. Bolden did not live at the apartment complex where he was shot.

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