The University of Colorado football team is going through a tragedy. Former Buffalo player Anthony Cunningham has passed away at the age of 46. Cunningham played for Colorado from 1992-1995 and was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round of the 1996 NFL Draft.
Before his death, Cunningham worked as an administrator in the Aurora Public School Systems. He got into an argument with neighbor Marcus Johnson over a parking spot. The two met at the local Eaglecrest High School on Sunday, February 17 to settle the dispute. Cunningham came to the dispute unarmed and was shot multiple times by Johnson.
The former Colorado player and Johnson had been arguing over text about the parking spot and decided to settle the dispute once and for all. According to CBS Denver, Cunningham and Johnson chose Eaglecrest High School, Thunder Ridge Middle School and somewhere in between. The Hinkley High School assistant principal was not able to make it to the other places.
Johnson shot Cunningham multiple times on Sunday morning as police were called for shots fired at Eaglecrest High School at around 9:20 a.m. A few minutes after the police were called, Johnson notified the police about his involvement in the shooting. He was arrested for suspicion of first degree murder as Cunningham was unarmed at the time of his death.
The University of Colorado athletic program is not the only people in mourning as the entire Aurora Public School community was affected by this tragedy. Close friend Thomas Major said, “The community… lost such a great person, such a great soul. You can honestly say that you never had a bad memory around T.J. His aura and his persona was constantly positive.”
The loss of a person like Cunningham to a community can be devastating because of his impact there, but the school system must go on in order to keep the schools running properly.