June 3 (UPI) — Virginia Tech football player Isi Etute was arrested on murder charges, police said Wednesday.
Etute is being held without bail and charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 40-year-old Jerry Smith, the Blacksburg Police Department said.
Police said they responded to a welfare check at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and found Smith dead.
Investigators ruled the death a homicide and Etute was identified as a person of interest before being arrested and charged.
Virginia Tech said that Etute, a freshman linebacker, had been immediately suspended from the football team and the university.