Virginia Tech Football Player Charged With Second-Degree Murder

BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA, USA - AUGUST 29: Lane Stadium / Worsham Field at Virginia Tech August 29, 2012 in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Football stadium for the Virginia Tech Hokies.


Virginia Tech football player Isi Etute, a freshman linebacker for the Hokies, has been charged with second-degree murder.

According to NBC afficilate WSLS-TV, the 18-year-old Etute was arrested after a wellness check at an apartment in Blacksburg led to the discovery of a man who had died.

Etute is being held behind bars without bond.

“Blacksburg Police have announced the arrest of a Virginia Tech student in connection to the death of a Blacksburg resident early Wednesday morning,” a statement from the university read.

“The student arrested is Isimemen Etute of Virginia Beach, Virginia, a freshman majoring in human development. Etute has been charged with second-degree murder. In the case of a felony arrest, the university has the authority to place a student on immediate interim suspension.

“In addition, Etute, a member of the football team, has been suspended from the team, effective immediately. Blacksburg Police continues to lead this ongoing investigation, and the university will assist law enforcement agencies working the case in any way it can.”

Etute, a three-star recruit, committed to the Hokies in July 2020.

An investigation is ongoing and few details have been made available about the incident.

Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is being asked to contact police at 540-443-1400, the Blacksburg Police Tip Line at 540-961-1819 or by email at [email protected].

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