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Bills RB CJ Spiller excused from team for personal reasons

Buffalo Bills running back will return to Bills on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Buffalo Bills/NFL)
Buffalo Bills running back will return to Bills on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Buffalo Bills/NFL)
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Updated: 8/27/2013 3:52 pm
UNION COUNTY, Fla. -- According to the Buffalo Bills, running back C.J. Spiller is on leave from the team. According to a tweet, Spiller has been excused for personal reasons and plans to be back with the Bills on Sunday.

Investigators say Spiller's stepgrandfather, Hubert Allen Jr., went on a shooting spree and shot four people last Saturday morning. Spiller starred at Union County High School and Clemson before getting drafted by the Bills as the ninth overall pick in 2010.

One of Allen's victims, David Griffis, died Tuesday. Pritchett Trucking owner Marvin Pritchett and Rolando Gonzalez-Delgado were killed in Saturday's shooting. Lewis Mabrey Jr. remains hospitalized. Allen, according to the Union County Sheriff's Office, turned the gun on himself.

A memorial for the victims is set for Tuesday night at the Victory Christian Center. It begins at 7 p.m. The center is across from Lake Butler Elementary School on SR 121.

Statement from Pritchett Family

A gunman shot and killed three people in Lake Butler.  One person survived.
A gunman shot and killed three people in Lake Butler. One person survived.
Steve Perez with Pritchett Trucking released a statement from the Pritchett family:

"We are saddened today on the loss of our dear friend and colleague David Griffis. David was a remarkable man who personified true work ethic and integrity and who was an integral part of our company-and of our lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and David will always be a part of our family."
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