Chris Gradoville Obituary – Death: “The Creighton community is absolutely devastated by the death of Chris Gradoville. Chris represented the very best of what it meant to be a Bluejay. He was an alumnus, former standout baseball player, and the volunteer director of baseball operations.”
Chris Gradoville, a Creighton University baseball administrator was found from multiple gunshot injuries in the yard of a home near 61 and Pratt streets on Thursday morning. He was 37 years old.
Gradoville joined Creighton’s baseball staff as its director of operations in the fall of 2020. He was also the former Omaha Bryan standout played for the Jays from 2004 to 2007.
The suspect, Ladell Thornton, 43, had been arrested on suspicion of the first-degree murder, use of a weapon to commit a felony and holding of a firearm by a prohibited person.
According to reports, Thornton recently leased the residence and Gradoville had arrived to complete maintenance.
We are devastated by the news of our friend Chris Gradoville’s passing this evening. Chris played a huge role in getting Spokane Fire Departments fitness program started and a huge success.
Our deepest condolences and prayers to Chris’s wife Nikki, friends and family. pic.twitter.com/qjXJ5QvxNm
— Spokane Firefighters (@IAFFLocal29) October 1, 2021
In 2011, I asked Chris Gradoville to help the catchers of the select baseball team I was coaching. On Sept 20, at the Jason Judge Golf Trny, he asked me how those guys are doing. “Not as baseball players. As human beings,” he said. “Because that’s the most important thing.” 💙🙏
— Kevin Sarver (@KASarver) September 30, 2021
Chris Gradoville was a special person, teammate and friend. Not only was he a hard worker with big passion, he was the glue. He connected everyone on the team together. A man of integrity, faith and a true love for those around him. Graddy, you will be missed by so many. 💙💙 pic.twitter.com/oT0zH8RINj
— Tom Oldham (@tomoldham19) October 1, 2021
The Creighton golf teams are playing our tournament in honor of Chris Gradoville #20. Our thoughts, and prayers are with his family, and the baseball program. pic.twitter.com/8LqqJ5kGr5
— Debbie Conry (@CUbluejayGolf) October 3, 2021