Southern Miss walk-on punter dies in Tenn.

MEMPHIS — A walk-on punter at the University of Southern Mississippi has died four days after being shot while home on fall break.

White, Ranson & White Mahon Funeral Homes in Union City, Tenn, said 18-year-old Peter Wilkes, of Union City, died Saturday at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.

Services are incomplete. Southern Miss spokesman Jack Duggan said the school would have a statement after funeral services were set

Southern Miss officials retracted an initial news release that said Wilkes was shot Thursday night in an accident and had died Friday morning.

Wilkes was not a member of the Golden Eagles’ travel party to Louisville for Saturday’s game and was at home during the school’s fall break. He made an early push to win the job at punter during preseason practice, but has not played this season.

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