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North Carolina college football player, 19, killed in shooting, police say

Lenoir-Rhyne University football player Omari Alexander was shot and killed early Saturday, police in North Carolina said.

Alexander, 19, was shot and killed outside of a Hickory apartment complex at around 1 a.m., police said. He was sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle when someone fired into the vehicle, according to FOX46 Charlotte. Authorities arriving at the scene found Alexander suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and he was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Omari Alexander's team had just lost in the Division II playoffs.

Omari Alexander’s team had just lost in the Division II playoffs.
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The school confirmed Alexander’s death on Twitter.

“Lenoir-Rhyne is grieving the loss of Omari Alexander, a 19-year-old sophomore from Concord, NC and member of the football team, who was killed overnight in an off-campus incident in Hickory. Out of respect for his family, the university will have no further comment at this time,” the school said.

Police are investigating the shooting as a homicide.

Police are investigating the shooting as a homicide.

Police opened a homicide investigation into the shooting but no suspect has been named.

Alexander was a redshirt freshman and was back home after the team lost in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs to Bowie State. He was listed as a tight end on the roster.

Lenoir-Rhyne University released a statement on Alexander's death.

Lenoir-Rhyne University released a statement on Alexander’s death.
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“Omari was a special young man who had a bright future. He will always be remembered fondly by his teammates and the LR community,” Lenoir-Rhyne vice president of athletics Kim Pate said in a statement.

Ryan Gaydos is the Sports Editor for Fox News and Fox Business. Follow Ryan Gaydos on Twitter @Gaydos_ and if you got a tip you can email Ryan at [email protected]

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