Ex-Colorado, Seahawks player T.J. Cunningham fatally shot in dispute over parking spot

by Kim Boateng Posted on February 19th, 2019

Arapahoe County, Colorado: Former University of Colorado football player T.J. Cunningham, who was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, was killed in a dispute over a parking spot. Cunningham was an assistant principal at Hinkley High School, and played football in the 1990s at the University of Colorado and for the Seattle Seahawks.

The man who was shot at Eaglecrest High School in Arapahoe County in a dispute with a neighbor over a parking space has died.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office said 46-year-old Anthony (T.J.) Cunningham died on Monday afternoon.

The suspect was identified as 31-year-old Marcus Johnson, who is being held on first-degree murder charges. He is due in court on Tuesday morning.

Cunningham played football at the University of Colorado from 1992 to 1995 and was a sixth-round draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 1996.

Cunningham played nine games in one season as a defensive back for the Seahawks before injuries ended his career.

He also was an assistant principal at Hinkley High School in Aurora.

Our hearts are broken for Mr. Cunningham’s family,” Aurora Public Schools said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this tragic time.

There will be extra counselors at Hinkley High School this week for students and staff, the district said.

On Sunday morning, Cunningham and a neighbor agreed to meet at Eaglecrest High School to settle a dispute over a parking space, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office said during the course of the argument, the 31-year-old man shot Cunningham.

The suspect went home after the shooting, called 911 to say he had shot his neighbor and was arrested after deputies arrived, the sheriff’s office said.

The University of Colorado tweeted a statement from CU Director of Athletics, Rick George, expressing sadness over the death of Cunningham.

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