ANAHEIM -- Former Angels first-round pick Ryan Bolden was shot and killed in Georgia on Wednesday night, according to local reports. Bolden, 23, was in the Angels organization from 2010-13. The team was informed of his passing on Thursday.
The deadly shooting took place in College Park, Ga., and started as a fight over candy, according to a report from FOX 5 in nearby Atlanta. Investigators told FOX 5 that children between the ages of 10 and 11 were arguing about the candy when adults got involved around 8:30 p.m. ET and things turned violent.
Bolden, who was visiting someone who lived in the apartment complex, was shot and later died at Grady Memorial Hospital, according to the report.
The Angels made Bolden the 40th overall pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft when they plucked the right-handed-hitting outfielder out of Madison Central High School in Mississippi. Bolden played 112 games for the Angels' Rookie-level affiliates in his first four years of pro ball and sat out 2014, reportedly due to ongoing back issues.
"He was a tremendous young man," Angels scouting director Ric Wilson said. "He was very polite, he worked hard, he respected himself, he respected people, he respected authority and he just did whatever he could to make himself a better baseball player. ... He was just a really good young man, and came from a really good family. It's heartbreaking; it really is."
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