Former Seattle Seahawks safety T.J. Cunningham was shot and killed over a parking dispute.
Marcus Johnson allegedly shot Cunningham in a dispute over a parking spot in front of their neighboring homes. The suspect, according to the sheriff’s office, told investigators that his neighbor “attacked him earlier in the day.” Authorities said the two had an argument and then agreed to meet in the parking lot between the two schools to settle the dispute. Only Marcus brought a gun to the meeting.
Johnson was arrested on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder.
T.J. Cunningham was a tremendous part of the CU community and touched countless others beyond Boulder
“We were deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the death of T.J. Cunningham. He was a good family man and had a strong passion for working with young people." pic.twitter.com/LKsgivdQ81
— Colorado Buffaloes (@cubuffs) February 18, 2019
Cunningham played for the Seahawks in 1996 after a standout collegiate career at the University of Colorado where he recorded 239 yards on 21 receptions. He was part of four bowl teams. His NFL career was short lived as after playing just nine games with Seattle, he injured his knee. The Seahawks would release him in Aug. 1997 after he was “physically unable to perform.”
After the NFL, he worked as a high school assistant principal at Hinkley High School. He had also remained involved with the University of Colorado Boulder through the organization “Buff4Life.”
T.J. Cunningham leaves behind a wife and five children.
“TJ always stood up for what was right and looked out for people who could not speak up for themselves,” reads the GoFundMe page set up to assist T.J.’s family during this time of loss. “TJ’s legacy is beyond words and he has left behind a wife and five beautiful children who depended on him as a husband, father and primary provider.”