18-Year-Old Virginia Tech Football Player Arrested on Charges of Killing a 40-Year-Old Man

Olawale Ogunjimi
Jun 03, 2021
09:20 P.M.

The town of Blacksburg, Virginia, recently recorded the killing of a 40-year-old man. Following an ongoing investigation, an 18-year-old university football player has been charged with the crime.


According to the Blacksburg Police Department, its unit is investigating the untimely end of a 40-year-old male, Jerry Smith, who was a resident in the town.

Although there is no conclusive report on the investigation, the police have arrested and charged a young adult named Isimemen Etute, who plays football for his university team, the Virginia Tech Hokies.

An American policeman walks in the street with a police car visible in the background | Photo: Shutterstock/ALDECA studio

An American policeman walks in the street with a police car visible in the background | Photo: Shutterstock/ALDECA studio

They have not shared any other information concerning the death aside from the fact that the student was an acquaintance of the deceased.

After a few interviews and interrogations from witnesses, Etute was arrested for second-degree murder and held in the Montgomery County jail without bond.


Smith's death was determined to be a homicide after Blacksburg police attended to a call for a welfare check at 119 N. Main Street on June 1.

The police assured the residents that there was no need to panic but admitted they need the help of anybody with useful information regarding the case. The phone lines have been posted on their website.

Etute's arraignment hearing was scheduled to take place today at 10:30 am. It is uncertain whether he had an attorney to defend his case.


Thomas, a real estate agent, was thoroughly injured and found less than seven miles from Georgetown University.

The Blacksburg murder case has attracted a few comments from Virginia Tech University. A statement from the school maintained that Etute was placed on an immediate interim suspension following the news.

They declined to comment on the football player's status—whether or not he has been fully suspended, as it is a piece of confidential information that is part of the student's file.


This is not the first time a university football student will be charged with such a heinous crime. In October, a Georgetown University football player, Dijon Williams, was arrested and charged with the death of one Nurudeen Thomas.

The authorities found Williams in an area in Herrington Road. He lived in Georgia and was a former student of Miller Grove High School.

At the time of the crime, the perpetrator was 21. Thomas, a real estate agent, was thoroughly injured and found less than seven miles from Georgetown University.

As soon as the news broke, Williams was suspended from the school's team, and a spokesperson from the University assured the public of their cooperation on the matter.

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