Ex-NFL player Terrell Roberts, 38, shot dead in his grandmother's backyard

Former NFL player Terrell Roberts fatally shot in Nor Cal	 	 	 			Terrell Roberts was a defensive back for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2003 to 2005

Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Terrell Roberts was shot and killed on Wednesday evening during a visit to his grandmother's home, CBS affiliate KPIX 5 reports. Witnesses described the suspect to officers as a bald black male with a short beard.

Police found Roberts dead in the backyard with a gunshot wound to his chest. Roberts previously played in the NFL. Investigators have determined the shooting occurred in the garage after a "disturbance" between Roberts and the suspect, with Roberts later stumbling into the backyard.

A spokesperson at the Richmond Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

Roberts, 38, played at Oregon State from 1999-2002 and was a teammate of current Beavers football coach Jonathan Smith.

Roberts, a native of Berkeley, California, attended El Cerrito High School and Oregon State University before being signed by the Bengals in 2003.

By later Thursday morning, former teammates were paying tribute to Roberts.

'I'm crushed to hear the news of the passing of my teammate and friend Terrell Roberts, ' Smith tweeted. He was so proud of his son!

His family said he had a "heart of gold" and had no known enemies.

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