Former Seattle Seahawk fatally shot in dispute over parking spot
A former Seattle Seahawk was shot Sunday and died on Monday over what authorities say was a dispute over a parking spot.
Anthony T.J. Cunningham played college ball at Colorado before being drafted by the Seattle Seahawks. He was a sixth-round pick in 1996 and played in nine games for the Seahawks before his career was ended by injuries.
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
Cunningham was reportedly shot multiple times by a neighbor in Arapahoe County (Colorado), when the pair met in a parking lot between two middle schools to settle their long-running parking spot feud, the local sheriff’s office said.
Authorities said 31-year-old Marcus Johnson is being held on a first-degree murder charge.
Cunningham, 46, died from his injuries on Monday. A GoFundMe that was set up said Cunningham was an assistant principal at Hinkley High School and has five children.
According to new information provided by Sherman Monday, Cunningham and his neighbor had been fighting over this spot for a while and over the weekend a physical altercation broke out between the men. The pair continued to taunt each other over text afterward and agreed at Eaglecrest to “settle it,” Sherman said. Cunningham was shot several times.
Officials said a physical fight about the parking space broke out between the men and the pair continued to taunt each other over text. They agreed to meet up in person to “settle it,” Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Deborah Sherman told 9 News.
Johnson reportedly called cops to say he’d shot his neighbor, claiming Cunningham had attacked him earlier in the day.