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Wisconsin sophomore Quintez Cephus in Georgia with his father, who was shot Monday afternoon

Wisconsin sophomore Quintez Cephus is back home in Georgia to be with his father, who is in critical condition after being shot Monday afternoon.

Update: At 3:10 local time Tuesday afternoon, Taylor was pronounced dead.

MADISON – Wisconsin sophomore Quintez Cephus has temporary left the football team to be with his father, who was shot in the head Monday in his hometown of Macon, GA, and is critical condition.

Andre Taylor, 39, was shot outside a convenience store at approximately 12:45 p.m. According to local reports, Bibb County sheriff’s officials said Taylor was transported to a city hospital after the attack.

Per a Wisconsin spokesman, Cephus and wide receiver coach Ted Gilmore – who recruited Cephus – flew back to Georgia Monday night. The Badgers program is paying for the flight.

According to a news release, Calvin Stapleton, 40, turned himself in late last night and is charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, criminal street gang activity and probation violation in the shooting.

Cephus came into spring with the intention of building off his strong freshman season to become an impact player in Wisconsin’s offense. He had already started to flash his potential during the first two weeks of practice and was worked with the first-team offense.

“I’m happy to see I’m getting better,” Cephus said last week. “I love the developmental process of it. I can see how I am getting better and I’m feeling better in what I’m doing. I’m just taking another step in that learning process to get better.”

Cephus posted the below photo last night with the caption "Don't stop fighting daddy. I love you big dawg"

https://www.instagram.com/p/BScQyvmFS44/

Sophomore receiver A.J. Taylor - a good friend of Cephus and in the same recruiting class - said the receivers found out Monday afternoon about the situation during a team meeting. Graduate assistant Jeff Duckworth - a former UW receiver - is filling in for Gilmore.

"It was tough," Taylor. "We were all a little surprised. All we can do is pray. I texted him and wished him the best and his family the best. I feel like everyone on the team has."


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