Apparently, Heap failed to see his daughter when he moved his truck forward, killing her.
On Friday, April 14, officials with Mesa, Arizona, police revealed they responded to a car/pedestrian accident at the 7600 block of East Summit Trail, at approximately 3:45 p.m. - a house located in a gated community in Las Sendas - where Heap was named the driver of a truck that had accidentally struck and killed a young child.
Heap, a first-round draft pick of the Ravens in 2001, played ten seasons in Baltimore before playing two seasons with the Cardinals in his native Arizona, and then retiring in 2012.
He retired from professional football in 2013. A devout Mormon, Heap is one of six siblings.
Police are investigating the tragedy but said there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.
The Baltimore Ravens issued a statement calling the heartbreaking accident "knee-buckling news and an overwhelmingly sad tragedy".
The Ravens said in a statement, "We can not imagine the heartbreak and sorrow Todd and Ashley's family feels right now".
Jay Feely, who played with Heap on the Arizona Cardinals, wrote on Twitter: "My heart is broken for Todd Heap and his family. Hopefully the prayers, love and support of their incredible group of friends and family provide him the comfort that, along with their strong faith, will lead them through this unspeakably hard time". I took all three of my boys golfing this morning. (My wife) Ashley makes me smile every day. He also played at Arizona State University, where he was a two-time All-Pac-10 selection.
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He is second in both receiving yards and overall receptions and was inducted into the team's Ring of Honor.
The girl's identity and cause of death has not been released yet by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's office.
Patrick Peter spoke with compassion for Heap and his family.
Attempts by The Associated Press to reach Heap by telephone Saturday were unsuccessful.
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