Virginia Tech Football Player Isimemen Etute Charged with 2nd Degree Murder

by Halle Ames

A football player from Virginia Tech University has been charged with second-degree murder after killing a man.

Isimemen Etute is a freshman on the Virginia Tech football team. Recently, authorities have arrested and charged the 18-year-old in connection to the death of a 40-year-old acquaintance, reports the New York Post.

Young Football Player Charged

The rising football star was caught when police officers responded to a wellness check on Jerry Smith Monday evening at 10:30 p.m. According to authorities, they found Smith dead inside a building on Main Street in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Blacksburg, Virginia, is the location of Virginia Tech.

Police ruled the death of Jerry Smith as a homicide. However, they did not specify how he died.

Virginia Tech noted that for the time being, Isimemen Etute “has been suspended from the [football] team, effective immediately.” However, the university told CNN it could not disclose if Etute has been suspended from the university as the information is a confidential part of the student’s record.

“In the case of a felony arrest, the university has the authority to place a student on immediate interim suspension,” the school said in a statement on Wednesday.

Police charged the freshman football athlete with second-degree murder and took him to the Montgomery County Jail. They are currently holding Etute without bond. He has an arraignment hearing scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.

“Through the investigation, Mr. Isimemen Etute was identified as a person of interest and later charged with 2nd Degree Murder,” said police. “Witnesses have been identified and interviewed and are cooperating with investigators. There is no reason to believe there is any ongoing threat to the public.”

Virginia Tech Athletics

Isimemen Etute was a three-star linebacker recruit from Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach and signed his letter of intent in December before enrolling at Virginia Tech the next month.

Last year, the Virginia Tech Hokies football team, a member of the ACC conference, had a record of five losses and six wins. In their conference, they finished with a .500 record.

However, a year prior, in 2019, Virginia Tech had an impressive winning record with eight wins and five losses overall. Furthermore, the Hokies went five and three in the ACC conference.

For the last five years, the football team has been under the guidance of head coach Justin Fuente. In 2016, the ACC named Fuente Coach of the Year. He previously worked as head football coach for the University of Memphis from 2012 until 2015.