Ex-Academic Magnet standout Tyre Moore recalls slain Mercer teammate

Former Academic Magnet standout Tyre Moore is now a sophomore at Mercer, which plays host to The Citadel on Saturday. (Paul Zoeller/Staff)

Former Academic Magnet standout Tyre Moore and his fellow Mercer University basketball players attended a vigil Wednesday night for their slain teammate, Jibri Bryan.

Bryan, who was in his sixth year at Mercer after battling injuries, was shot and killed on Tuesday in downtown Macon, Ga. Bryan, a native of Savannah, Ga., was 23 and had already earned a degree from Mercer.

“Jibri was one of the highest-character people I ever knew,” Moore, a sophomore at Mercer, told the Macon Telegraph during the vigil. “Every day he worked to make himself a better person. His compassion for others, his smile he brought every day, his faith that he had day in and day out, that’s something I can use the rest of my life.”

Bryan also had a young son.

“He was one of the most caring people about his son, Jibri, that I have ever seen in my life; he was always talking about him, constantly,” Moore said. “He was one of the best people I ever knew. If I can be anything like Jibri for the rest of my life, I’m going to be a better person.”

Mercer is slated to play host to The Citadel at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. That game will go on as scheduled, Mercer athletic director Jim Cole said.

“The entire Mercer community is mourning the loss of men’s basketball player Jibri Bryan,” Cole said. “After consulting with the Bryan family, our coaching staff, student-athletes and the administration, we unanimously decided that the best way to begin the healing process is to continue with this weekend’s games and the events surrounding those contests as scheduled.”

One person has been arrested and charged with murder in Bryan’s killing, and Georgia police are looking for a second suspect.

Former Stratford High School standout Demetre Rivers also is a sophomore on the Mercer team.