Assistant principal, former CU football player shot in parking space dispute dies

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. -- The man who was shot at Eaglecrest High School in Arapahoe County in a dispute with a neighbor over a parking space has died.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office said 46-year-old Anthony (T.J.) Cunningham 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.

"Our hearts are broken for Mr. Cunningham’s family," Aurora Public Schools said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this tragic time.

There will be extra counselors at Hinkley High School this week for students and staff, the district said.

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. (Photo: Getty Images)

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, the 31-year-old man 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.

CU athletic director Rick George expressed sadness over the death of Cunningham on social media.

A GoFundMe page has been set up in Cunningham's name.

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