Ex-Michigan volleyball star Molly Lillard, daughter of Jets' great Al Toon, dies in apparent murder-suicide
Former University of Michigan volleyball player Molly Lillard, the daughter of former New York Jets wide receiver Al Toon, died Sunday in Arizona following an apparent murder-suicide involving her husband, Royce Lillard III. She was 28.
TMZ Sports reported Wednesday the Scottsdale Police Department responded to a call about a shooting around 5 p.m. local time Sunday and found Molly with multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to the hospital but later died from her injuries.
The police tried to make contact with Royce, 36, for nearly six hours before the SWAT team stormed the residence to find him with "what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound," per TMZ.
The SWAT team entered the home around 10:45 p.m. and discovered he had died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, per the Republic. The police said all signs point to a murder-suicide.
Molly was 28. The couple's 8-month-old child was present during the shooting, per the Republic, but was uninjured and is currently with family. The couple married slightly more than two years ago, the Middleton (Wisconsin) Times reported.
Lillard led Middleton High School to two state volleyball tournaments as captain before heading off to Michigan. The 2010 graduate led her high school to 60 consecutive conference match victories and recorded 20 digs in a state quarterfinal victory. The mark is still tied for second-best in a three-set match.
At Michigan she was a four-year letter-winner and all-American honorable mention by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The outside hitter graduated in 2013 and led the Wolverines to the NCAA volleyball tournament all four years she was there. They reached the championship match in 2012 and finished runner-up to Texas.
Her brother, Nick, also played football at Wisconsin and was a fourth-round NFL draft selection by the Jets in 2012. Her sister, Kirby, played volleyball at Wisconsin and the youngest Toon, sister Sydney, played at UW-Whitewater.
Al Toon was a standout football player at the University of Wisconsin, completing his career in 1984 as the Badgers' all-time leader in receptions (131), receiving touchdowns (19) and yards (2,103). He held the records for nearly two decades until Lee Evans came through in 2003.
Toon was drafted No. 10 overall by the New York Jets in 1985 and was a first-team All Pro in 1986. He was named to three Pro Bowls and the Wisconsin Sports Network named its annual award for best high school receiver after Toon. 스포츠토토 He was also a two-time All-American triple jumper at Wisconsin and qualified for the Olympic trials.
Al and his wife, Jane, have four children, all standout athletes in their own right. The family is "widely considered the first family of Middleton," the Times reported.