Former NFL Player TJ Cunningham Fatally Shot in Parking Spot Dispute

A former NFL player was gunned down after an argument over a parking space

A former NFL player was gunned down after an argument over a parking space

According to an announcement from the Arapaho County Sheriff's Office in Colorado, Cunningham, who played at the University of Colorado and later for the Seattle Seahawks, died on Monday following the Sunday shooting.

Johnson is now in the Arapahoe County Jail, according to online records.

Arapahoe County sheriff's deputies were called to the parking lot of the school around 9:20 a.m. on a report that a man had been shot and was covered in blood. He is being held without bond and is due back in court on Friday morning for the filing of charges. The two live across the street from each other in Aurora, says Sherman.

On Sunday morning, Cunningham and Johnson agreed to meet at Eaglecrest High School to "box it out".

Once at the school, the brother said that Cunningham and Johnson started walking toward one another while yelling obscenities, at which point Johnson allegedly pulled out a gun and fired three shots - hitting Cunningham in the head and chest.

Cunningham was not armed.

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Following the shooting, Marcus Johnson, 31, contacted authorities and confessed to the crime, alleging that he and Cunningham, his neighbor, had gotten into a dispute over a parking space.

As deputies were responding to the parking lot, Johnson called dispatch to report he had shot his neighbor, that he was inside his home in the 5000 block of Rome St. and that his handgun was inside his vehicle outside his home. A handgun was found in his vehicle.

After Cunningham died, the charge was upgraded to first-degree murder. "There isn't any amount of money on the planet Earth at this moment that could get him out of custody".

Hinkley High School's website lists Cunningham as an assistant principal.

Cunningham, a wide receiver and defensive back, played at Colorado from 1992-1995 recording 239 yards on 21 receptions as a wide receiver, according to Yahoo Sports. He played in four bowl games with the Buffaloes.

In the sixth round of the 1996 National Football League draft, he was selected by the Seattle Seahawks, though he only played a total of nine games before injuries forced him to end his career. He was on the Seahawks in 1996 before injuries ended his playing career. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help his family and has already raised over US$50,000.

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