Anthony TJ Cunningham #21 of the Seattle Seahawks during a carry in the Raiders 24-19 loss to the Seattle
A former Seattle Seahawks defensive back was shot dead over a parking space with his neighbor Marcus Johnson, in Colorado, police said.
Anthony ‘T.J.’ Cunningham, 46, died on Monday after he was shot at a parking lot between two schools on Sunday, Arapahoe County police said.
Cunningham had been involved in an altercation with his neighbor over the weekend and the pair had continued to bait each other over text message, the police said.
Family man: TJ Cunningham with his wife and their baby
Survivors: TJ and his oldest child
They agreed to ‘settle it’ outside Eaglecrest High school on Sunday morning, 9 News reported.
The sheriff’s office said during the course of the argument, the 31-year-old Johnson shot Cunningham, several times.
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.
Cunningham was rushed to hospital on Sunday but reported dead yesterday. – There was only one firearm brought to the scene, the police said.
Authorities say Marcus Johnson is being held on a first-degree murder charge.
Rick George, athletic director at Overland High School expressed sadness over the death of Cunningham one of the more illustrious athletes produced by the school
Cunningham was an assistant principal for Aurora Public Schools and played for the University of Colorado before being drafted by the Seahawks in 1996.
He went on to play nine games in one season as a defensive back for the Seahawks before injuries ended his career.
Before his death He was an assistant principal at Hinkley High School in Aurora.