Virginia Tech According to the Blacksburg (VA) Police Department, freshman linebacker Isi Atute has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder and is being held without bond.
The Blacksburg Police Department said in a statement on its website that it responded to a welfare check at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and found a dead male victim.
Detectives decided the death to be murder and arrested Atute on Wednesday. He is being held in the Montgomery County Jail.
Virginia Tech issued a statement on Wednesday saying that Atute has been immediately suspended from the football team and the university.
“Blacksburg Police continues to lead this ongoing investigation, and the university will assist law enforcement agencies in any way they can,” the school said in its release.
Etute was rated a three-star recruit by ESPN. An outside linebacker from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Atute was a 29th-rank recruit at State and had offers from NC State, Virginia, and Vanderbilt.
Etute was an early nominee at Virginia Tech, where he participated in spring practice and was competing for a reserve role at linebacker.
Blacksburg PD said the investigation is ongoing.
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