Tuskegee University footballer shot dead in Alabama

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a Tuskegee University football player.

Tuskegee Police Chief Jennifer Jordan told local media that police found Reginald Tyrone Summage Jr., 20, of Montgomery, dead in a parking lot on Friday after responding to a call about a shooting.

Jordan said police were trying to confirm Summage was trying to break up a fight at an off-campus party when he was shot.

Police have charged Marquavius ​​Lee Debro, 21, of Tuskegee, with murder. Debro, who is not a Tuskegee student, is jailed in Macon County on bail set at $150,000. It is not known if he has a lawyer to speak for him.

Summage was a graduate of Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery. A statement from the university said he was a construction science management student and an honor roll student. He had worked with football broadcasters after an injury last year but was due to return to the Golden Tigers football team for the 2022 season.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Reginald’s family and friends,” said chair Dr. Charlotte P. Morris. “Losing such a young and talented member of our Golden Tiger family to a senseless act of violence is always difficult. We send our deepest condolences and support to all who loved him at this incredibly difficult time.”

Football coach and athletic director Reginald Ruffin called Summage a model student-athlete.

The university said it offered guidance to students.

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