A freshman on the Virginia Tech Hokies football team has been charged in a homicide investigation.
The Blacksburg (Va.) Police Department responded to a welfare check Monday night where officers discovered a deceased male victim, according to the city's website. Investigators ruled the death a homicide and identified Isimemen Etute as a person of interest.
On Wednesday, Etute was charged with second-degree murder, according to court documents reviewed by USA TODAY Sports. Etute is currently being held in Montgomery County Jail without bond and scheduled to be arraigned in Montgomery District Court at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.
The victim is Blacksburg resident Jerry Smith, 40. Police said the investigation has revealed Smith and Etute were acquaintances.
Virginia Tech placed Etute on immediate interim suspension and he's been suspended from the football team, the school said in a statement.
Etute was a three-star linebacker recruit from Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach and signed his letter of intent in December before enrolling at Virginia Tech the next month.
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