Ex-Racer recovers from shooting

Photo courtesy of Ashley Traylor

No arrests have been made in the attempted murder of former wide receiver Kendarian Jennings

Story by Sarah Combs, Sports Editor, and Ashley Traylor, Staff writer

Former Murray State wide receiver and Memphis, Tennessee, native Kendarian Jennings is in stable condition after being shot twice on Monday night at approximately 11:45 p.m.

Former teammate Tay Harris has been in contact with the family and said Jennings was shot once in the back and once in the neck, which “traveled to his head.”


Jennings underwent a second surgery Wednesday morning to remove the bullets from his head. Harris said the surgery went well and Jennings will begin rehab next week.

The 23-year-old was found by neighbors lying on the ground covered in blood outside of an apartment commonly referred to as Cambridge 2 on Welch Court with $400-500 cash.

“You could tell that he was sitting there with money in one hand, phone in the other, got shot and fell back and just dropped it,” witness at the scene Darren Peoples told reporters.

Witnesses said Jennings was responsive but didn’t realize that he had been shot.

“I think I got shot,” Jennings told witnesses as he was lying on the ground.

The witnesses applied pressure to the wounds with a shirt while waiting for paramedics to arrive on the scene.

“You’re gonna be OK, you’re gonna be fine,” a witness told Jennings.

Peoples said he ran to the window and saw a black car “fishtailing” shortly after the gunshots were heard.

Jennings was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he underwent surgery. He is now responsive and breathing on his own, Harris said.

The Murray Police Department has not released any possible suspects and said it is an ongoing investigation.

Jennings walked onto the Murray State football program from Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tennessee, studying public relations. He attended Murray State all four years of college, redshirted his sophomore year and graduated with his bachelor’s degree in May 2015.