Edmonton Elks running back dies after being shot in Memphis, Tenn.

Edmonton Elks running back Christian Saulsberry was shot and killed in Memphis, Tenn. the team announced Saturday.

Christian Saulsberry, 25, played in 8 games for Edmonton in 2022

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Edmonton Elks running back Christian Saulsberry, 25, was shot and killed in Memphis, the team announced Saturday. (Edmonton Elks)

Edmonton Elks running back Christian Saulsberry was shot and killed in Memphis Tenn., the team announced Saturday.

Saulsberry had turned 25 on Monday. No other information was given about the incident.

"First and foremost, our hearts go out to his family during this incredibly difficult time," the Elks said in a statement. "Our condolences are also extended to his friends, including the many teammates and coaches both here in Edmonton and elsewhere, that he impacted throughout his football career."

Saulsberry, a native of Southaven, Miss., played in eight games for Edmonton in 2022.

The five-foot-eight-inch player, known for his speed, was a two-time All Gulf South Conference selection at the University of West Alabama, where he led the team with 1,223 all-purpose yards during his senior season in 2019.

"Christian's contributions to our football team both on the field and in our locker room were significant during his one season with the Green and Gold," the Elks said. "His positivity and energy for life will be dearly missed."