Princeton native, former Otters player shot and killed in North Carolina

Princeton native, former Otters player shot and killed in North Carolina

PRINCETON, Ind. (WFIE) - A Princeton family is mourning the loss of their son who was murdered Sunday night in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The mother of 41-year-old Jeff Goldbach tells us he was shot and killed by a neighbor.

She says authorities have not shared many details.

Court records show Brandon Hyde has been arrested for the murder.

Jeff’s mother says he has been friends with Hyde for a while, and she doesn’t know what happened.

14 News heard back from the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. They confirm Goldbach is the victim, but could not say anything else because it is an ongoing investigation.

They confirm no one else was shot in the incident.

Goldbach leaves behind three teenaged children.

Fans of the Evansville Otters may remember Goldbach from his days with the team. He played for them for a few seasons in the mid 2000′s

He was a standout hitter for Princeton Community High School in the mid to late 90′s.

Goldbach was also a second-round draft choice of the Chicago Cubs in 1998, right out of high school.

He played for the Cubs’ Arizona rookie league, then gained his bachelor’s degree from Oakland City University in 2007 and an MBA in 2009.

The owner of the Otters shared a statement:

“We are saddened to hear about the passing of former Evansville Otters player Jeff Goldbach. Jeff was the key to the Otters winning the 2006 Frontier League Championship. He was a leader on and off the field. Besides being one of the best players we’ve ever had, he was a terrific person. I got to know Jeff more after his playing days were over. His sense of humor was unmatched. I’m stunned by the news of his passing. The Evansville Otters organization extends its deepest condolences to the Goldbach family.”

Bill Bussing

Owner of the Evansville Otters

Jeff Goldbach
Jeff Goldbach (Source: Jackie Goldbach)

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