Former Seattle Seahawk’s NFL star is shot dead in a dispute with his neighbor over a parking spot
- Anthony ‘TJ’ Cunningham was shot at a parking lot outside a school in Colorado
- Police say the former NFL player was involved in a dispute with a neighbor
- Altercation over the weekend about the parking spot and they agreed to ‘settle’ it
- On Monday, Cunningham was announced dead after being shot on Sunday
A former Seattle Seahawk’s NFL player was shot dead over a parking space with his neighbor 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.
TJ Cunningham intercepts the ball while playing as a defensive back for the University of Colorado against the University of Kansas Jayhawks in Kansas in November 1992
They agreed to ‘settle it’ outside Eaglecrest High school on Sunday morning, 9 News reported.
Cunningham was rushed to hospital on Sunday bur reported dead yesterday.
The police said Cunningham was shot several times.
Authorities say 31-year-old Marcus Johnson is being held on a first-degree murder charge.
There was only one firearm brought to the scene, the police said.
The former NFL safety was an assistant principal for Aurora Public Schools and a played for the University of Colorado before being drafted by the Seahawks.
Hinkley High School’s website lists Cunningham as an assistant principal.
Cunningham was a receiver and defensive back in college. He was on the Seahawks in 1996 before injuries ended his playing career.
University of Colorado athletic director Rick George said Cunningham was an active alum and his death is a tragic loss.
A Gofundme page purporting to raise money for his family said: ‘TJ Cunningham, a prominent Overland High School football star, CU Buffalo and eventual NFL football player for the Seattle Seahawks, was senselessly shot by a neighbor after a dispute and taken from this world while doing nothing more than protecting his family.
‘TJ’s legacy is beyond words and he has left behind a wife and five beautiful children who depended on him as a husband, father and primary provider.’
The page has so far raised more than $30,000, with donations pouring in from all over the States.