Colorado Mesa University student, football player dies in shooting


Brett Ojiyi. Credit: Colorado Mesa University Mavericks

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Colorado Mesa University says a member of its football team has died and police are investigating the man’s shooting death.

The Grand Junction Police Department says the shooting happened just after midnight Saturday at a home located off the school’s campus. The address is about a mile south of Colorado Mesa University.

University President Tim Foster said in a statement that Brett Ojiyi, a student and four-year member of the football team, died.

According to the team’s roster, Ojiyi was a running back from Los Angeles.

Police said in a statement that they have interviewed witnesses and believe there is not an “outstanding safety threat.” No arrests have been made.

“A university decision to play [Saturday’s] scheduled 1 p.m. football game was made by university officials, coaches and players. A moment of silence will be conducted before the game in honor of Ojiyi,” the university said on its Facebook page.

University officials say students can get counseling and other support on campus at the Student Wellness Center.

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