The NFL community is in shock and mourning after former star Anthony ‘TJ’ Cunningham was shot dead after an argument over a parking spot.
Former Colorado wide receiver and defensive back Cunningham died after being shot during a dispute with a neighbour, according to the Denver Post.
According to the report, police responded to reports of a shooting near Eaglecrest High School and Thunder Ridge Middle School — which are located on the same campus in Aurora, Colorado — when they found Cunningham shot multiple times.
Cunningham was transported to a local hospital after the shooting, but died the next day.
He was 46.
Tributes to the former NFL star have been pouring in on social media.
My heart is truly heavy to hear about the passing of TJ Cunningham. He was such a calming voice and sound ear for so many young men and women. My prayers are with his family during this difficult time. RIP TJ.
— Archie Chaney (@Achaney37) February 18, 2019
Sad and heartbroken to hear of the shooting death of a former teammate but more importantly a friend. You will be missed TJ Cunningham. Praying for his 3 daughters and wife. pic.twitter.com/dfFM8d6rl9
— J.J. Flannigan (@JJFlannigan2) February 19, 2019
Rest In Peace TJ Cunningham 🙏🏼
— Mandersss 💗 (@amanda_joan25) February 18, 2019
RIH to my Big Bro TJ Cunningham. Gone way to soon 🙏🏿 up for his wife and his five beautiful daughters.
— Si❌eon Boddie IV (@simeon_says413) February 18, 2019
Sad to hear about TJ Cunningham's death. I had a chance to meet him at Rashaan Salaam's Colorado HOF induction in April and really enjoyed talking to him. He was passionate about helping those struggling with mental health. Sounds like he had an impact on a lot of people #cubuffs
— Brian Howell (@BrianHowell33) February 18, 2019
RIP TJ Cunningham
Lost his life over a damn parking spot smh
— Roger ‘Booda’ Sack (@_Myleshigh) February 19, 2019
I am devastated to hear my friend TJ Cunningham passed away. He was truly inspiring and a mentor to everyone he touched, including my own boys. I have no words he will will be missed greatly I just can’t believe it. My prayers are with his family in this awful time 🙏🏻😢
— kevin drako (@kevindrako2) February 18, 2019
Police have arrested 31-year-old Marcus Johnson on a first-degree murder charge, according to the Denver Post.
Johnson reportedly told investigators that his neighbour had attacked him earlier in the day, and the two men met near the high school to settle their dispute over a parking spot.
According to ABC 7 in Denver, the feud between Cunningham and Johnson had been ongoing.
Cunningham played at Colorado from 1992-1995, and recorded 239 yards on 21 receptions as a wide receiver.
He was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round of the 1996 NFL draft. He only played in nine games, however, before injuries ended his career.
He was working as an assistant principal at Hinkley High School in Aurora.
T.J. Cunningham was a tremendous part of the CU community and touched countless others beyond Boulder
“We were deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the death of T.J. Cunningham. He was a good family man and had a strong passion for working with young people." pic.twitter.com/LKsgivdQ81
— Colorado Buffaloes (@cubuffs) February 18, 2019
“We are deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the death of T.J. Cunningham,” Colorado athletic director Rick George said in a statement.
“He was a good family man and had a strong passion for working with young people as evidenced by serving as an assistant high school principal. He was a good alum, an active alum, and took great pride in being a Colorado Buffalo.
“Our hearts go out to T.J.’s family on their tragic loss. We will miss him.”