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Virginia Tech player arrested on second-degree murder charge

Dec 29, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; A Virginia Tech Hokies helmet lays on the sidelines during the second half against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium. Virginia Tech defeated Arkansas 35-24. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Tech Hokies linebacker Isimemen Etute was arrested by Blacksburg police on Wednesday and charged with second-degree murder.

According to a report by WSLS.com’s Jeff Williamson, Etute became a person of interest after police discovered an unidentified man dead late Tuesday evening.

In an official statement, Virginia Tech announced that Etute has been suspended from the football team immediately, and that the university will aid police as they carry out their investigation into the suspected homicide.

As part of the news release, the school’s statement read, in part, “The Virginia Tech and Town of Blacksburg communities are united in our shared concern for the welfare of all. Together, we denounce all acts of violence and stand together in support of one another.”

Etute, 18, is a true freshman in the Hokies program from Cox High School in Virginia Beach.

Just yesterday, Virginia Tech’s football team reinstated safety Devon Hunter, who’d served a lengthy suspension due to a domestic violence arrest. Hunter missed the entire 2020 season.