Anthony “TJ” Cunningham, who used to play for the Seattle Seahawks, was reportedly killed by gunfire in a tragic incident over a parking spot.
The man had been engaged in a long-running feud with another person over rights for parking in a specific location.
The two had reportedly decided to settle their differences for good and had met up to resolve the dispute.
However, the argument took a turn for the worse when Cunningham was shot. He died from his injuries sometime later.
The alleged killer has been apprehended by authorities and is currently being held in a detention center.
It is not clear exactly what happened that led up to the tragic outcome, but reports indicate that the two started quarreling, and eventually engaged physically.
The suspected shooter is being charged with first-degree murder. From this perspective, it seems like Cunningham was not the one who provoked the attack in the first place, but the situation is yet to unfold over the next days/weeks.
Many have expressed their condolences over Cunningham’s passing.
The player had a prominent career that was ended prematurely by an injury, but even though he has been out of the game for a long time, he still had some support among fans.
The killer is expected in court this week. He was reportedly the one, who called the police on himself, claiming he had shot his neighbor in an argument gone bad after being attacked by Cunningham previously the same day.
Cunningham was working as an assistant principal at Hinkley High School in Aurora, Colorado. A justice coordinator at the school, Anna Bicknase, reacted by saying: "He had this contagious, positive energy that carried this building."
Eyni Ali, a student, who worked with Cunningham last year, also stated: "A lot of the kids who were acting up were minority kids who had family issues at home. He would treat them individually and was very real and authentic with them. He was really a dad figure for them."
It seems that the former NFL player had a huge impact on his community. Neighbors and friends are mourning this unique voice for those in need.