Former CU football player fatally shot in parking space dispute

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8 Aug 1996: Running back Joe Aska #35 of the Oakland Raiders looks up field as he makes a cut to the outside to avoid the pursuit of cornerback T.J. Cunningham #21 of the Seattle Seahawks during a carry in the Raiders 24-19 loss to the Seahawks at Oakla

Former CU football player Anthony (T.J.) Cunningham was shot and killed in a dispute with a neighbor over a parking space earlier this week, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. 

Cunningham, 46, died on Monday afternoon.

The suspect was identified as 31-year-old Marcus Johnson, who is being held on first-degree murder charges. He is due in court on Tuesday morning.

Cunningham played football at the University of Colorado from 1992 to 1995 and was a sixth-round draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 1996.

Cunningham played nine games in one season as a defensive back for the Seahawks before injuries ended his career.

He also was an assistant principal at Hinkley High School in Aurora.

On Sunday morning, Cunningham and a neighbor agreed to meet at Eaglecrest High School to settle a dispute over a parking space, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office said during the course of the argument, Johnson shot Cunningham.

The suspect went home after the shooting, called 911 to say he had shot his neighbor, and was arrested after deputies arrived, the sheriff’s office said.

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