A Virginia Tech freshman football player has been charged with second-degree murder. Isimemen Etute, 18, was charged stemming from an incident on May 31 that left a Blacksburg, VA resident dead, according to Richmond News.
In a statement from Blacksburg Police Department, they said officers reported to a welfare check at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, and found a deceased male victim.
Detectives determined the cause of death is homicide, and arrested Etute on Wednesday, according to ESPN.
Blacksburg Police announced that the victim was identified as 40-year-old Jerry Smith. Authorities said they identified Etute as an acquaintance of Smith’s, and person of interest while investigating the crime and subsequently took him into custody, according to Bleacher Report.
Virginia Tech released a statement on Wednesday saying that Etute was immediately suspended from the football team, and the university.
“Blacksburg Police continues to lead this ongoing investigation, and the university will assist law enforcement agencies working the case in any way it can.” The school said in its release, according to ESPN.
Etute, originally from Virginia Beach, is scheduled for a hearing on Thursday, June 3, in Montgomery County General District Court. He is being held without bail.
Blacksburg Police told ESPN that the investigation remains ongoing.