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Former CU football player dead after neighbor dispute

Posted at 3:34 PM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 00:15:37-05

AURORA – An ongoing dispute between two neighbors over a parking spot in Aurora left one of the neighbors dead after a shooting on Sunday. The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office says Anthony “T.J.” Cunningham was shot numerous times has died. Cunningham played receiver and defensive back at the University of Colorado – Boulder and eventually went on to be drafted by the Seattle Seahawks. He was also the Assistant Principal at Hinkley High School in Aurora.

The Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Marcus Alan Johnson, 31. Johnson is being held at the Arapahoe County Detention Center on suspicion of first-degree murder. according to Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Deborah Sherman, 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.

It is not clear at this time which person – Cunningham or Johnson – suggested the pair meet up to “settle it,” but only one gun was brought to the parking lot. The suspect contacted police and told them he’d shot his neighbor and that he’d been attacked by Cunningham earlier in the day.