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    Chris Beaty (38) Killed by Multiple gunshot wounds

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A former Indiana University football player was killed during the violence in downtown Indianapolis over the weekend.

    Chris Beaty played for IU from 2000 to 2004.

    Police reported the 38-year-old suffered multiple gunshot wounds in a shooting reported shortly before midnight on Saturday at Talbot and Vermont streets.

    He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    IU Head Football Coach Tom Allen released a statement after hearing of Beaty?s death, writing ?I am at a loss for words. The news of the passing of Chris Beaty is just devastating. Since I returned home to coach at Indiana, Chris embraced me, encouraged me and supported me! His passion for life and Indiana Football energized me every time we were together. He was one of our first alumni that displayed his unwavering support for what we are building here at Indiana and how we are building it. I am so heartbroken for his family and he will be deeply missed by all those that were blessed to call him a friend! LEO?

    Beaty was one of two people killed overnight Friday in Indianapolis.

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    Indianapolis lost a bright light Saturday night, at the corner of Talbott and Vermont.

    Chris Beaty, 38, was the kind of person whose friends would’ve looked to him now, a beacon of positivity in a difficult time. A bridge builder and a community cornerstone. A three-time state champion at Cathedral who played four years of football at IU. An entrepreneur and an ambassador, in the words of his friends, for the city he loved. Someone who found a friend anywhere he went and counted them seemingly everywhere across the city he loved, the city that made him.

    He was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene. A friend said Beaty lived in a nearby apartment building. It was unclear as of press time whether IMPD had made an arrest in a shooting that blanketed the city in grief.

    “To have somebody with that type of presence and what he stood for ripped away from us like that, it’s unimaginable,” said Courtney Roby, a teammate and roommate at IU. “Whoever did this, they have no clue of the void they cost a lot of people. With everything going on in our country right now, and the negativity that swirls around, just to have one positive light, one glimmer dimmed, it’s unimaginable.”

    Beaty grew up in Indianapolis, and never forgot it. He loved his city fiercely, and its people compassionately.

    He played football for Rick Streiff at Cathedral, where he was part of state championship teams in 1996, 1998 and 1999. Afterward, he played four years at IU, his career straddling the transition from Cam Cameron to Gerry DiNardo.

    A football locker room can be divided by invisible walls — race, age, experience, talent or background. Chris Beaty broke them down.

    “Chris was inclusive. Chris was a connector,” said Rhett Lewis, an NFL Network host whose IU career overlapped with Beatty’s. “A locker room in some ways isn’t all that different from society. There’s a tendency to gravitate toward people who are more like you or people you grew up with. That wasn’t Chris. Chris brought people together regardless of background.”

    That comradeship and inclusiveness didn’t stop after four years at IU.

    Beaty moved back to his hometown after college. He began promoting and running nightclubs, became a fixture in the city’s sports scene, and grew a network of friends and connections ever outward.
    Chris Beaty (left) poses with former 1070 The Fan host Michael Grady.

    Michael Grady first met Beaty when Grady began working with the Pacers. Beaty worked the nightlife scene downtown. They came up together, in Grady’s words, Beaty running his own establishments and starting his own businesses, while Grady climbed the ladder in Indianapolis sports and media.

    Grady would watch Beaty move through the crowd at a Pacers game, stopping to say hello to person after person.

    “He in many ways was like a mayor in his own right,” Grady, who now works with the YES Network and CBS Sports, told IndyStar on Monday. “When he would come to a game or something like that he would shake so many hands, hug so many people he looked, low key, like a politician. He was such a genuine guy.”

    Larra Overton met Beaty in college. Her career in track and cross country overlapped with his in football. They reconnected later when she settled in Indianapolis.

    From that point forward, staying in touch wasn’t hard — Beaty was seemingly everywhere. Overton saw him at IU games in Bloomington, or on the sidelines at Lucas Oil Stadium, always ready with a warm hug and an encouraging word.

    “It wasn’t an event without Chris there,” Overton said Monday. “Just being able to count on that radiant smile, that bright smile and that embrace. Get that big bear hug. Whether you knew Chris for 15 years or 15 minutes, you knew you had a friend.”

    And Beaty delighted in the success of those friends. He never shied away from telling them how proud he was to see them doing well.

    “People say the phrase, ‘People don’t give flowers while they can still smell them,’” Grady said. “Chris was a guy that always gave flowers while people could still smell them. He would tell you he appreciated you. He would tell you he was proud of you. He would tell you, ‘Man, you’re really doing it.’

    “He always made a point to show appreciation for the people he knew and loved. We don’t always do that, but he was one of the most genuine people I’ve come across, and he always showed appreciation to people.”

    That always inclued family.

    Jared Thomas, the son of one of Beaty's sisters, walked a similar path in sports. He played football at Cathedral, then offensive line at Northwestern from 2015-19.

    Thomas' mother, April, was Beaty's half sister. They shared a father, but weren't always close. But for as long as Thomas could remember, Beaty was there.

    "I just found out last night, it was his initiative to want to reach out and be a part of myself and my brother’s life," Thomas told IndyStar on Monday.

    From grade school graduation, to college football Saturdays, to the NFL draft process, Beaty encouraged his nephew. They spoke on the phone regularly, their conversations always ending with Beaty telling his nephew the same thing: "I’m proud of you, J. Keep going, and I love you."

    "He was very selfless, and I know he loved me and my nephews very dearly, and he took being our uncle very seriously," Thomas said. "We talked as if we were best friends."

    From 2018 until earlier this year, Beaty co-owned Indianapolis nightclub Revel, 225 S. Meridian St., with James Waldon.

    Before they were business partners, Beaty helped Waldon become established as DJ GNO — known today for providing the soundtrack before Colts games at Lucas Oil Stadium.

    Beaty initially hired Waldon to deejay Monday Night Football parties at the South Meridian Street nightclub Taps & Dolls, an event that attracted local hospitality workers.

    “After doing that for a season, next thing you know everybody knows DJ GNO,” Waldon said. “He was the springboard for me and for a lot of other people to do well. He really was a servant in that sense.”

    At Revel, Beaty and Waldon hosted high-profile acts such as rapper Nas and EDM duo the Chainsmokers.

    “He had the ultimate Rolodex,” Waldon said. “He was Mr. Indianapolis.”

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    “Fox59 Morning News” anchor Angela Ganote said she met Beaty about a decade ago, when he began accompanying Waldon when the DJ made weekly appearances on the show.

    “When you walked into a room, you immediately felt like he liked you, he cared about you, you were important to him,” Ganote said. “When someone makes you feel that way, that’s why people were attracted to him.”

    Ganote, a cheerleader during her time at Indiana, bonded with Beaty over IU athletics.

    Just last month, Beaty made his own appearance on Fox59 to promote his new company, Worldwide Masks, which he founded with fellow Indianapolis entrepreneur Joe Babish to sell face coverings to prevent the spread of germs.

    “Chris was always looking for the next thing to work on,” Ganote said. “He was just a workhorse, seeking an opportunity to meet someone or to fill a need.”

    To his friends — of which he seemed to have an endless number — he remained steadfast and kind.

    When former IU teammate Victor Adeyanju mentioned in passing one Valentine’s Day that he’d forgotten to make dinner reservations, Beaty asked for the name of his favorite restaurant, then called back an hour later.

    “Astonishingly,” Adeyanju said, “they were able to put together a seat and accommodate me because of Chris’ call.”

    Roby played for New Orleans when the Saints defeated the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. One of the first people to reach out to Roby, a North Central grad, after the game? Beaty, with plans to celebrate whenever Roby could return home.

    Beaty always saved time for a friend.
    Chris Beaty played for IU from 2000-03.

    “Never met a stranger. Big, happy smile. You were not getting away from him without a hug,” Streiff said. “Everyone loved him.”

    He had what former teammate Randy Cate called “an uncanny ability to connect people to people.”

    Years ago, Beaty invited Cate to join him in a suite at a Colts game. There was someone Beaty wanted Cate to meet.

    “My wife, Megan, he introduced us,” Cate said, his voice breaking at the memory. “Fast forward to 2020, my wife and I have three beautiful kids and we have a fourth kid on the way. I think that’s the part that hurts me most. What I have today is truly a reflection and a gift from Chris.”

    Tributes to Beaty’s impact and character spread across social media starting Sunday night, and intensifying Monday.

    IU football coach Tom Allen said Beaty’s “passion for life and Indiana football energized me every time we were together.” IndyCar driver Marco Andretti tweeted that the city of Indianapolis “lost a good guy.” Houston Rockets guard and former North Central and IU standout Eric Gordon said Beaty would “truly be missed.”

    They were just a few of the dozens of people who struggled Monday to imagine Indianapolis without the warm heart, wide smile and giving spirit of their good friend.

    “This is the kind of young man you want to celebrate,” Cameron said. “He stood for everything we believe in Indiana, in my view. We lost an amazing human being. …

    “I just want everyone to know, when you hear his name, this is one of the finest young men I’ve ever been around.”

    Follow IndyStar reporter Zach Osterman on Twitter: @ZachOsterman.

    IndyStar reporter David Lindquist contributed to this report. Contact him at dave.lindquist@indystar.com or 317-444-6404. Follow him on Twitter: @317Lindquist.
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