Derrius Guice
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Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice shared some awful news on Sunday. His three-year-old cousin, Raydn, has been fighting for his life after taking a gunshot to the head, and on Sunday he lost that battle.

Guice wrote the following in a message on Twitter:

“I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and continued support throughout the past few days not even knowing what was going on with my little cousin Raydn! After long awaited hours and tests and family coming from all over to be with us. After a battle with a gunshot wound to the head Raydn is now pronounced Brain dead. I know God has a plan and he works in mysterious ways but still gets all the Glory! Life is too short! I remember when he was born three years ago and I was the only relative there outside of immediate family! My little man fought so hard. I wish I could take your place and be the one and not you. You will be missed buddy! I love you so much. Watch over me and I’ll see you soon.”

On June 22, Guice took to social media for the first time to ask people to pray for Raydn.



That night, he shared a heart-breaking picture of Raydn’s hand in his own after a test came back showing no brain activity.

Afterward, Guice changed his profile picture on Twitter to a beautiful picture of Raydn wearing his uncle’s No. 29 Redskins jersey.

Words fail us as we digest this terrible tragedy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Guice, Raydn’s mom, and the rest of the grieving family. May he rest in peace.


Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.