What started as a dispute by way of textual content message between two neighbors over avenue parking ended within the demise of an Aurora assistant principal who had performed soccer for the College of Colorado and the Seattle Seahawks.
A possible trigger assertion from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Workplace launched Tuesday sheds mild on how this weekend dispute turned lethal.
Anthony “T.J.” Cunningham, an assistant principal at Aurora’s Hinkley Excessive Faculty, and Marcus Johnson lived throughout the road for one another. They’d one another’s telephone numbers.
Early on Sunday, the 2 acquired into an altercation, sheriff’s spokeswoman Deborah Sherman mentioned.
“They had been texting one another that morning backwards and forwards,” she mentioned. “They determined to settle it on the faculty.”
The possible trigger assertion mentioned that Cunningham’s brother, Tyrese McClintonel, went with him to close by Eaglecrest Excessive Faculty in Aurora on Sunday to fulfill Johnson so the 2 might “field it out.”
McClintonel informed police that in the highschool parking zone, Cunningham and Johnson walked towards one another, yelling expletives. Johnson informed police that Cunningham carried a bottle.
Johnson then allegedly shot Cunningham 3 times, based on the sheriff’s possible trigger assertion, putting the previous soccer participant within the head and chest.
Police mentioned Cunningham was unarmed.
Whereas police had been responding to the taking pictures, dispatchers acquired a name from Johnson, who informed them that he had “simply shot his neighbor,” the police assertion mentioned.
Cunningham was transported to the Parker Adventist Hospital after the taking pictures, however died Monday afternoon.
Police arrested Johnson at his house after 9:30 a.m. Sunday on suspicion of tried first-degree homicide, discovering a black handgun in plain view in his automotive. The cost is being upgraded to first-degree homicide within the wake of Cunningham’s demise.
Johnson appeared in Arapahoe County Courtroom on Tuesday morning for an advisement listening to, and he’s set to return to courtroom Friday morning for the submitting of prices.
Cunningham, an Overland Excessive Faculty standout, performed broad receiver and defensive again on the College of Colorado from 1992 to 1995. The Seattle Seahawks chosen him 209th general within the 1996 NFL draft.
Throughout his CU tenure, Cunningham was a part of 4 bowl groups. He completed with 21 profession receptions for 239 yards as a receiver, earlier than switching to the defensive backfield in 1995. He performed in 9 video games with Seattle in 1996, recovering one fumble.
CU Athletic Director Rick George known as Cunningham a “good household man” who “had a robust ardour for working with younger folks as evidenced by serving as an assistant highschool principal.”